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Before Email: Reader Theater Literacy Program

Art • Performance
Before Email:  Reader Theater Literacy Program
Description

We are a cultural arts and education tutoring and mentoring program. We want to use reader theater to improve literacy and comprehension skills of children and young adults.

We are a team of professional, creative, and dedicated individuals. A key advantage of our nonprofit is an extensive knowledge base and hands on experience with children and young adults ages birth to 22 years.

For the last two years, our organization has received an "Excellent" rating in tutoring from the state Department of Education.

In 2012-2013, 94% of our students tutored in reading met or exceeded their student learning plan goals. In 2011-2012, 91% of our students met or exceeded their student learning plan goals. Based on post-test data, in 2012-2013, our students made an average of +9 academic gains per benchmark. In 2011-2012, our students made an average +7 academic gains per benchmark. In 2012-2013 school year, report card grades improved an average of 12% for our students.

Young Minds Building Success Charities, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Young Minds Building Success Charities' tax identification number is 45-4461432.
www.ymbsc.org

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We want to use reader theater to improve literacy and comprehension skills of children and young adults.

Research has shown that "Reader Theater" can improve student comprehension, fluency, and enjoyment of reading (Trainin & Andrzejczak, 2006).

We want to use reader theater as a creative tool to improve literacy and comprehension skills of children and young adults. This initiative is facilitated by an extensive educational knowledge base and hands on experience with children and young adults.

This project combines tutoring in reading and reader theater performance to provide a high-quality, research-based instructional program designed to increase student academic achievement. "Research has shown the effectiveness of phonics instruction, guided reading, independent reading, informal feedback, interim assessments, expert tutoring, and extended time allotted to reading" (Reeves, 2008, p. 91).

The purpose is to enable students to bring a text to life and together create a powerful interpretation. The program offers less confident readers support from peers and provides a genuine purpose for focused reading. It also provides students with models for creating the voice behind the page in their own personal reading.

References

Reeves, D. (2008). The leadership challenge in literacy. Educational Leadership, 65(7), 91-92. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database

Trainin, G., & Andrzejczak, N. (2006). Reader’s theater: A viable reading strategy. Ed.D. University of Nebraska, United States-Nebraska. Retrieved January 10, 2014, from http://cehs.unl.edu/artslinc/researchandevalutation/files/publications/ReadersTheatre.pdf

Funding Goal

Seeking

$24

We are requesting $24,999. Funding will be used to provide reader theater curriculum and program.

Project Showcase Proposal

We will showcase our project through live performance demonstration and informative conversation. These methods will increase the value of the program and endorsement or support by voting visitors to One Spark.

Attendees will be captured by the human need for expressive communication and the aesthetic use of visual and musical accompaniment that support our educational and theatrical production.

Project Showcase Requirements

Indoor/Outdoor Est. Dimensions
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Art • Performance

Before Email: Reader Theater Literacy Program

No. 20380

Young Minds Building Success Charities, Inc.

The mission of "Before Email" is to connect both children and adults to the intimate life held within the written and spoken word.

Funding Goal

Seeking

$24

We are requesting $24,999. Funding will be used to provide reader theater curriculum and program.

About Project

We are a cultural arts and education tutoring and mentoring program. We want to use reader theater to improve literacy and comprehension skills of children and young adults.

We are a team of professional, creative, and dedicated individuals. A key advantage of our nonprofit is an extensive knowledge base and hands on experience with children and young adults ages birth to 22 years.

For the last two years, our organization has received an "Excellent" rating in tutoring from the state Department of Education.

In 2012-2013, 94% of our students tutored in reading met or exceeded their student learning plan goals. In 2011-2012, 91% of our students met or exceeded their student learning plan goals. Based on post-test data, in 2012-2013, our students made an average of +9 academic gains per benchmark. In 2011-2012, our students made an average +7 academic gains per benchmark. In 2012-2013 school year, report card grades improved an average of 12% for our students.

Young Minds Building Success Charities, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Young Minds Building Success Charities' tax identification number is 45-4461432.
www.ymbsc.org

_________________________________

We want to use reader theater to improve literacy and comprehension skills of children and young adults.

Research has shown that "Reader Theater" can improve student comprehension, fluency, and enjoyment of reading (Trainin & Andrzejczak, 2006).

We want to use reader theater as a creative tool to improve literacy and comprehension skills of children and young adults. This initiative is facilitated by an extensive educational knowledge base and hands on experience with children and young adults.

This project combines tutoring in reading and reader theater performance to provide a high-quality, research-based instructional program designed to increase student academic achievement. "Research has shown the effectiveness of phonics instruction, guided reading, independent reading, informal feedback, interim assessments, expert tutoring, and extended time allotted to reading" (Reeves, 2008, p. 91).

The purpose is to enable students to bring a text to life and together create a powerful interpretation. The program offers less confident readers support from peers and provides a genuine purpose for focused reading. It also provides students with models for creating the voice behind the page in their own personal reading.

References

Reeves, D. (2008). The leadership challenge in literacy. Educational Leadership, 65(7), 91-92. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database

Trainin, G., & Andrzejczak, N. (2006). Reader’s theater: A viable reading strategy. Ed.D. University of Nebraska, United States-Nebraska. Retrieved January 10, 2014, from http://cehs.unl.edu/artslinc/researchandevalutation/files/publications/ReadersTheatre.pdf

Project Showcase Proposal

We will showcase our project through live performance demonstration and informative conversation. These methods will increase the value of the program and endorsement or support by voting visitors to One Spark.

Attendees will be captured by the human need for expressive communication and the aesthetic use of visual and musical accompaniment that support our educational and theatrical production.

Project Showcase Requirements

Indoor/Outdoor Est. Dimensions
outdoor Length: n/a Width: n/a Height: n/a

Project Questions

What city is your project based out of?

Jacksonville

What sets your Project apart from what is currently available?

We are set apart because we are the only literacy initiative using "Reader Theater" as a major creative tool to advance literacy and communication skills. This initiative is facilitated by an extensive educational knowledge base and hands on experience with children and young adults.

Research has shown that "Reader Theater" can improve student comprehension, fluency, and enjoyment of reading (Trainin & Andrzejczak, 2006).

This project combines tutoring in reading and reader theater performance to provide a high-quality, research-based instructional program designed to increase student academic achievement. "Research has shown the effectiveness of phonics instruction, guided reading, independent reading, informal feedback, interim assessments, expert tutoring, and extended time allotted to reading" (Reeves, 2008, p. 91).

The purpose is to enable students to bring a text to life and together create a powerful interpretation. The program offers less confident readers support from peers and provides a genuine purpose for focused reading. It also provides students with models for creating the voice behind the page in their own personal reading.

References

Reeves, D. (2008). The leadership challenge in literacy. Educational Leadership, 65(7), 91-92. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database

Trainin, G., & Andrzejczak, N. (2006). Reader’s theater: A viable reading strategy. Ed.D. University of Nebraska, United States-Nebraska. Retrieved January 10, 2014, from http://cehs.unl.edu/artslinc/researchandevalutation/files/publications/ReadersTheatre.pdf

Why are you and your team the best people on the planet to handle this project?

We are the best team to handle this project because we have the passion, skills, and vision to make unlimited use of the project's platform to improve students, families, and communities.

The six primary members of our organization have provided educational services for prekindergarten to young adults for a minimum of 20+ years. Three of the members are Florida certified teachers, one member has a Masters in Education, one member is a social psychologist with a Masters in Counseling, two members have an MBA (Masters in Business Administration), and three members are professional poets and readers.

All lead classroom facilitators have an AS (Associate of Science) degree or higher.

In 2012-2013, 94% of our students tutored in reading met or exceeded their student learning plan goals. In 2011-2012, 91% of our students met or exceeded their student learning plan goals. Based on post-test data, in 2012-2013, our students made an average of +9 academic gains per benchmark. In 2011-2012, our students made an average +7 academic gains per benchmark. In 2012-2013 school year, report card grades improved an average of 12% for our students.