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]
A Three-Pronged Approach
Collaboration with School Leadership
The Catch Up & Read team works with each principal to create a framework for campus-wide literacy instruction and provides a research-based approach to emphasize balanced literacy practices and data-driven instruction. This joint commitment to develop effective instructional reading practices throughout the school produces extraordinary and sustainable results.
Catch Up & Read’s “CAR” tutoring program is provided for low performing at-risk elementary students onsite at their school. Targeted reading intervention is delivered to students in first through third grades. The blended learning model combines small group, teacher led instruction with computer based learning.
Teachers receive support and instruction for literacy and social emotional learning strategies targeting at-risk children. In weekly professional meetings, teachers share best practices and focus on using data-driven instruction to inform great teaching. 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.