Imagine...if children from K-3 "do not learn to read and therefore cannot read to learn" we are creating a whole new generation of students destined to enter educational poverty.
An alarming 55% of the Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD) students lack reading proficiency by the end of third grade. Education experts agree that third-grade reading proficiency is one of the best predictors of academic achievement in subsequent years. If a child is behind in reading by the end of third grade, it is likely that he or she will never catch up. Huge disparities in opportunities exist and education is the future hope for any equity to close the achievement gap.
CEF is a co-lead with the Cabrillo Unified School District and the Coastside Children's Program in the Silicon Valley Community Foundation's "Big Lift," a dynamic new effort to close the literacy achievement gap in San Mateo County public schools. It starts with four pilot communities, including Half Moon Bay. The new program launches two years of preschool for all students with the curriculum aligned for K-3 literacy advances. It is a national demonstration model that is funded by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the White House's Social Innovation Fund (a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service) and the County of San Mateo's Measure A Sales Tax. The Big Lift will also bring the technical expertise of leading researchers including Harvard University and the Rand Institute.
Keith Cernak, CEF's Executive Director and co-writer on HMB's "Big Lift" grant states, "This is the beginning and we need to continue the benefits of 'Big Lift' preschool literacy by following up with CEF's K-3 literacy program critical to student success by the end of third grade." CEF currently funds literacy in these three areas:
Columbia Teachers College Professional Development for all K-3 teachers that supports best literacy practices in reading and writing across all CUSD elementary schools.
Kindergarten Summer Bridge Program for "at risk" kindergartners to improve literacy before entering first grade.
Informational Literacy to provide resources that increase the number of quality, leveled informational texts in all elementary classrooms.
CEF cannot do this alone!!!! The needs are huge and all our students deserve the literacy opportunities for advanced learning, vocations, college and successful careers...to escape educational poverty.
Now Imagine...you can help us make that difference...
Generous Donors have established a One Time CEF Matching Literacy Fund of over $40,000 on the Silicon Valley Community Foundation's SVGives Fundraising site where your donation will be matched through May 5th.
4th/5th grade science specialists - Cunha & high school science professional development - high school science equipment/labs - K/1 summer bridge program - high school teacher collaboration - 5th grade instrumental music - high school animation elective - Cunha and Pilarcitos field trips - elementary informational literacy (nonfiction books) - Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) -Columbia Teachers College elementary literacy professional development (2013/2014 program)