Turning the Page on the Reading Wars
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Literacy is key to every person’s ability to live a choice-filled life. However, in Minneapolis, fewer than 33% of Indigenous, Black and Latinx students are reading at grade level vs. more than 75% of white students. Students who can not read by the end of third grade are 4x more likely to drop out of school.
There are many local organizations working hard to improve reading proficiency, but we know we are better together!
In 2020, Great MN Schools commissioned a Literacy Needs Assessment to better understand how the shift to literacy, aligned to the science of reading, was going in schools.
After speaking to dozens of organizations and community leaders working tirelessly to address the literacy gap, it was clear there was an interest in collaborating more deeply and connecting efforts to increase our collective impact.
In response, Great MN Schools stood up as convener and launched the Minnesota Literacy Coalition in 2023 alongside co-chairs from the National Parents Union MN and Minneapolis Public Schools.
The Minnesota Literacy Coalition convenes over 60 local leaders to work towards improved equity and excellence in literacy outcomes.
By working together we envision a future where:
- Increase your organization’s impact.
- Build stronger connections with others in this space.
- Access resources to accelerate literacy efforts.