Building Middle School Readers

Verified Non-Profit

Verified Non-Profit

The Description

With these funds I will purchase high interest, accessible books for our most struggling middle school readers. Two years ago, we created a new class—Reading and Mindset—for 7th grade students. This course emphasizes independent reading—developing students’ identities as readers, increasing the amount of time students spend reading, and accelerating students’ reading growth. Last year, we doubled the impact of Reading and Mindset by expanding it to include 8th grade students. We trained nine additional teachers and created five more robust classroom libraries. This year, we will continue Reading and Mindset for all middle school students with increased enrollment.  

Our goal is to accelerate each student’s individual reading growth rate. To achieve this goal, students must build habits of reading and must have access to great books that meet their interests and their reading levels. Reading research shows that the amount of time students are engaged in reading a text at their level directly relates to their reading achievement.

Our most struggling readers are four to six grade levels behind, and we want to change that by engaging them in great books that they can read independently every day this school year. In order to do that, we need a large supply of high interest books that are appropriate for where they are starting as readers. Publishers such as High Noon Books do great work to make a wide variety of appropriately leveled books available. Now, we need your support to purchase these books.  

 

Back Up Plan

If we do not reach our goal, I will purchase as many sets of books from High Noon Publishers as possible (the average price is $6.25 per book). We will rotate book baskets between classroom libraries in order to provide more variety. Additionally, we will continue to find ways to fund the purchase of more great books for our readers.

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About the Creator

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gerald Dessus has dedicated his career as an educator to serving historically under-represented youth in Philadelphia. After graduating from The Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education, he began teaching at Alliance for Progress Charter School where he assisted in the development of a quality middle school experience for over 100 students. In 2013, he went on to serve as a founding middle school teacher at Francis D. Pastorius Mastery Charter School. Since joining Mastery, he has extended his role as an educator outside of the classroom by serving as a Writing Teacher Leader, Grade Team Leader, Cultural Context Facilitator, and a Summer Mentor Teacher for Teach for America. Now serving as a Social Justice teacher at Mastery Charter Schools – Shoemaker Campus, Gerald Dessus is committed to helping his students take action in their communities. In addition to teaching, Gerald has continued his academic studies at the University of Kansas - receiving a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Teaching in Fall 2016.

Investments (5)

$50

Susan Zor

3 years ago

$26

Anna Leslie

3 years ago

$26

Anne Pennick

3 years ago

$26

Rose Dickerson

3 years ago

$50

Jane Kang

3 years ago