Community Alignment for Reading Excellence

Read to Succeed Buffalo (RTSB) is strategically focused on creating a continuum of aligned, evidence-based, data-driven, professional development literacy supports for teachers of economically disadvantaged children from birth to 3rd Grade. In addition, RTSB is the local affiliate for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library book distribution program and Vroom, a program supported by the Bezos Family Foundation, that helps parents with affirming and reinforcing activities and tips that inspire positive and brain building interactions with their children.

RTSB's embedded literacy coaching and assessment model is known as CARE (Community Alignment for Reading Excellence). CARE's goal is two-fold: First, to ensure teachers have content, pedagogical knowledge, and data analysis support necessary to teach and guild children's growth so they come to school prepared to learn. Second, to ensure children have access to teachers with the content, pedagogical knowledge, and data analysis support necessary to continue the high quality, intentional instruction they need to read proficiently by the end of 3rd Grade, regardless of the economic status of their family or the school they are attending.

The CARE continuum is an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses the theoretical frameworks of adult learning theory (Knowles, 1980, 1984), implementation research (Fixsen, 2005), and the area of educational foundations that focuses on economically disadvantaged achievement gaps and their connection to early literacy development (Hart, 1995).

CARE's innovative combination of intensive, embedded coaching, content knowledge development, and assessment-based accountability builds on an embedded coaching methodology developed through a four-year U.S. Department of Education Early Reading First (ERF) grant.

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