Our Initiatives

Since our launch in 2015, Read Charlotte has partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and funders to make investments in evidence-informed programs and practices that help children read proficiently by third grade.

Our work today is focused in three areas: PK-3 literacy instruction, high-quality tutoring, and family empowerment (birth through third grade). Supporting evidence-based programs and practices across these three areas is the most effective way to get children’s reading back on track in our community.

PK-3 Literacy Instruction

Well-trained and well-equipped teachers are the best frontline response to improve children’s reading development. We know that critical inputs like English language arts standards, strong curricula, professional development, intervention, and data-driven decision-making are important components of our educational system. The strategies we support in this area of focus have strong evidence of helping educators use these inputs and take actions proven to help children learn to read. When effectively used, these strategies can turbocharge Tier 1, 2, and 3 instruction across a variety of curricular and pedagogical approaches.

PK-3 Literacy Instruction

A2i K-3

A2i uses assessments and evidence-based algorithms to help K-3 teachers identify the reading needs of each child.

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PK-3 Literacy Instruction

A2i Pre-K

A2i uses assessments and evidence-based algorithms to help Pre-K teachers identify the reading needs of each child.

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PK-3 Literacy Instruction

Active Reading: Educators

Active Reading, the evidence-informed practice of reading with children, rather than to them, can be used in classrooms to boost vocabulary and comprehension skills.

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PK-3 Literacy Instruction

HELPS for Small Groups

HELPS, an evidence-based intervention that improves students’ reading fluency, can be used by educators in small group contexts.

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PK-3 Literacy Instruction

HELPS One-on-One

HELPS, an evidence-based intervention that improves students’ reading fluency, can be used by educators in one-on-one contexts.

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PK-3 Literacy Instruction

Sound Partners: Educators

Sound Partners is a high-quality, evidence-based code-focused intervention that can be used by educators to assist students who need help with word reading.

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High-Quality Tutoring

One-on-one and small group tutoring by trained and supported adults is one of the few proven universal strategies to improve children’s reading. High-dosage tutoring – two to three sessions a week – is more effective. Even better is high-impact tutoring where at least 50% of the students served exceed expected baseline reading growth and more tutoring sessions lead to greater gains. We support a set of evidence-based and research-based tutoring models that are continuously evaluated to demonstrate impact.

High-Quality Tutoring

A2i After School

A2i uses assessments and evidence-based algorithms to help after school teachers identify the reading needs of each child.

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High-Quality Tutoring

HELPS One-on-One

HELPS, an evidence-based intervention that improves students’ reading fluency, can be used by volunteers in one-on-one contexts.

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High-Quality Tutoring

Sound Partners: Volunteers

Sound Partners is a high-quality, evidence-based code-focused intervention that can be used by trained volunteers to assist students who need help with word reading.

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Family Empowerment

Family members are children’s first teachers and play a critical role in their reading development. Strong research shows the actions families can take in conjunction with schools and out-of-school programs to help their children learn to read. We aim to provide families (and groups that support them) with the knowledge and confidence to support reading at home, through user-friendly resources that meet the individual needs of each child.

Family Empowerment

Active Reading: Families

Active Reading, the evidence-informed practice of reading with children, rather than to them, can be used by families to boost vocabulary and comprehension skills.

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Family Empowerment

Reach Out and Read

This program trains healthcare providers to engage parents in reading aloud and to prescribe books to children at wellness check-ups.

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Family Empowerment

Reading Checkup

This online tool provides individual reading plans for PreK-3rd grade children in Mecklenburg County, along with literacy-building activities to try at home.

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Family Empowerment

Ready4K

Ready4K is a research-based text-messaging program for parents with young children, with tips and ideas to boost learning.

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