​Where We Work

​In the 2017-18 school year alone, over 220 full-time Literacy Lab tutors are helping over 4,000 students in over 100 schools every day.

Metro DC

1800

Students

47

Schools

100

Tutors

Chamelle Gleaton, Office Manager
202-643-5685
cgleaton@theliteracylab.org
7 out of 10 4th graders in Washington, DC are not proficient in reading.
  • Although Washington, DC is the seat of power for our country, children living in the shadow of the Capitol have been historically underserved. The District of Columbia has consistently ranked last in many educational rankings and has one of the widest achievement gaps between low- and high-income children. Within sight of the Capitol are schools where over 80% of children do not read on grade level.
  • Recently, this has begun to change. The District of Columbia is at the heart of the education reform movement and has recently seen the fastest rate of improvement of any urban school district in the nation. The Literacy Lab was founded in Washington, DC and has served over 3,000 children in the District since 2009. The Literacy Lab’s efforts are centered in Wards 7 and 8 of the city, the areas which have traditionally had the worst outcomes for children and have some of the highest unemployment and poverty rates in the country. The Literacy Lab is deeply committed to continuing this trend of improvement for the city’s youngest residents.
  • Alexandria is a vibrant and diverse community, and this is reflected in its schools—Alexandria City Public Schools’ students speak more than 100 home languages, making it among the most diverse school districts in the country.
  • The Literacy Lab partners with DC Public Schools, Alexandria City Public Schools, and several public charter schools.

Greater Richmond, VA

846

Students

25

Schools

47

Tutors

Weadé Wallace
804-363-4278
wwallace@theliteracylab.org
Children in the Richmond area lag behind their peers statewide in reading skills.
  • The Literacy Lab launched programs in the Greater Richmond area in 2016 and has current partnerships with Richmond Public Schools, Henrico County Public Schools, Hopewell City Public Schools, and Petersburg City Public Schools.
  • Richmond and Petersburg’s public school systems rank last in the state in reading achievement (Standards of Learning Results, 2016).
  • In Henrico County, the percentage of residents living in poverty grew 73% between 2000 and 2014, indicating rapid demographic shifts that create a challenge for local school districts (US Census Bureau).

Baltimore, MD

594

Students

16

Schools

33

Tutors

Rudi Zelman
443-879-9493
rzelman@theliteracylab.org
Only 11% of Baltimore’s 4th graders read proficiently.
  • For many decades, Baltimore and its port was a gateway connecting the nation to the rest of the world. In recent years, however, dramatic economic change has left the city struggling to keep up. Baltimore has a large and pressing need for early literacy intervention.
  • According to the 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), only 11% of Baltimore City Public School’s 4th graders could read on grade level. The key to reversing this statistic lies in high-quality early childhood education and evidence-based intervention, because closing a gap this wide needs to begin in the first years of life.
  • The Literacy Lab partners with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Baltimore City Public Schools to support comprehensive, full-service early education centers called Judy Centers across the city. The Literacy Lab is proud to partner on this important initiative to help close the achievement gap between children living in high- and low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore as a way to help revitalize the city and create long-term change for residents.

Kansas City, MO

1074

Students

23

Schools

50

Tutors

Sarah Reape
816-945-2183
sreape@theliteracylab.org
Only 1 out of 3 third graders in Kansas City Public Schools reads on grade level.
  • Kansas City, MO has a dynamic and entrepreneurial spirit and historically served as a launching point for exploration of the American West. In the modern day, however, many of the city’s children are being left behind. In 2014, only 33% of all Kansas City Public Schools’ third grade students could read at grade level.
  • The Literacy Lab partners with Kansas City Public Schools and the Hickman Mills C-1 School District, where only 16% and 23% of students, respectively, read on grade level. In recent years, both Kansas City Public Schools and Hickman Mills have struggled to serve their high-need populations, and both school districts lost full accreditation. In response to lagging educational outcomes, Kansas City Mayor Sly James recently made improving early literacy one of his main education initiatives. The Literacy Lab is proud to be a partner of the city in this mission.
  • The Literacy Lab also partners with Center School District and several charter partners.