The Literacy Lab Receives $10 Million from McKenzie Scott to Support Equitable Access to Literacy Education

Washington, DC – The Literacy Lab is proud to announce that MacKenzie Scott has made a one-time, $10 million gift to the organization.  It is the single-largest gift in the history of the organization. Rooted in the belief that literacy is a human right, The Literacy Lab provides high-dosage, daily literacy instruction to thousands of … Read more

Equitable Recovery Grant to Support Pre-k Literacy Program Expansion in Milwaukee, WI

Leading Men Fellowship-Milwaukee to expand its reach by recruiting more local young men of color as tutors and increasing its staff capacity to better support Fellows while serving more students.  (Milwaukee, February 8, 2022) — The Literacy Lab’s Leading Men Fellowship secured $1,000,000 through Wisconsin’s Equitable Recovery Grant. The funding will be used to address … Read more

Local, National Organizations Partner To Launch $4.6 Million Pre-K Literacy Program in Cincinnati

With this new funding, The Literacy Lab’s Leading Men Fellowship will recruit 100+ young men of color to help in local classrooms. (CINCINNATI, January 20, 2022) — An innovative public-private partnership has secured $4.6 million in funding to help combat educational inequality among Cincinnati’s youngest students by training and placing more than 100 young men … Read more

Easy and Engaging Activities For Families To Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday dedicated to celebrating the life and impact of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and strengthening our communities through service and volunteering. This holiday is also a day to acknowledge, educate, and reflect on America’s history of racial injustice, and the ongoing fight for justice and equality … Read more

Leading Men Fellowship is Expanding to Atlanta, Georgia Thanks to Investment from Greenlight Fund Atlanta

We are excited to announce Greenlight Fund Atlanta (GreenLight Atlanta) has made a multi-year investment in The Literacy Lab, to establish our Leading Men Fellowship (LMF) program in Atlanta, Georgia. After a year-long selection effort, GreenLight Atlanta in partnership with Greenlight Atlanta’s Selection Advisory Council identified the impact of classroom instruction interruption as an investment … Read more

Rebounding from COVID Learning Loss

It is no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted learning, compelling school closures and forcing a quick re-routing to online learning. Students from low income households and students of color, in particular, have faced the greatest barriers to success during virtual learning.  This means more students are falling further behind, creating ramifications that … Read more

The Literacy Lab featured in Abell Foundation’s Tutoring Marshall Plan

As school systems across the country grapple with how to address Covid-related learning loss, The Abell Foundation recently released a report that centers tutoring as a powerful tool for addressing the widening literacy gap. The report, which focuses on the tutoring landscape within Baltimore City, shines a spotlight on the potential of evidence-based tutoring programs … Read more

DC Read-A-Thon and Book Drive

Last month, Literacy Lab tutors in DC came together to celebrate early literacy and connect students with the resources they need to be successful readers, even outside of school time.  The team did this via two exciting initiatives: A Book Drive A Read-A-Thon on social media One challenge many young children have with books is … Read more

This Alphabet Makes House Calls

How our tutors and fellows brought the song of classroom fun to each student’s home during a global pandemic When COVID-19 hit, we innovated. Both students and educators quickly had to make a transition to virtual learning. Our Literacy Lab tutors, who work hands-on with students in their classrooms daily, are no exception. We knew … Read more