Catch Up & Read

Catching at-risk elementary students up to grade level reading by 3rd grade.


Watch this video to learn more about how Catch Up & Read is making a real impact in the lives of Dallas elementary school children, teachers and administrators.

Interview with Catherine LeBlanc, founder of Catch Up & Read

In August 2015, Catherine LeBlanc, founder of Catch Up & Read, was asked by KERA what advice she would give to new DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. Click here to listen.

There is a sense of urgency when it comes to educational reform in Texas, and Dallas in particular.

  • Only 13% of Dallas 9th graders are on track to graduate by 12th grade and only 4% of all minority 9th grade students will graduate. — [Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlins, January 2014]

  • 87% of Dallas ISD 4th graders do not read at grade level. — [NAEP's Nation's Report Card, 2013]

  • The best economic stimulus package is a high school diploma. — [Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011]

  • Texas spends over 2 times more to incarcerate our youth than to educate them. — [Texas Tribune, 2012]

Our Mission

Collaboration with School Leadership

Catch Up & Read works with each principal to create a framework for campus-wide literacy instruction. Our research based approach emphasizes balanced literacy practices and data driven instruction.

We experience phenomenal results because of our joint commitment to develop effective instructional reading practices throughout the school.

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After School

Catch Up & Read provides after school tutoring for “at risk” elementary students onsite at their school.

Targeted reading intervention is delivered to low performing students in grades 1-3. Catch Up & Read’s blended learning model combines small group, teacher led instruction with computer based learning.

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Advanced Teacher Training

Raising the bar on effective teaching not only impacts the students attending CAR’s after school program, but delivers improved instruction to every teacher's current and future classrooms of students. In weekly professional development meetings, teachers receive support and instruction, share best practices and focus on using data driven instruction to inform great teaching. Teachers receive additional support and instruction, share best practices and focus on using data driven instruction to inform great teaching.

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