Did you know that only 42% of Oakland children read at a third grade level by third grade? Did you know that only 33% of Oakland's socio-economically disadvantaged children read at grade level by the end of third grade? Did you know, further, that the ability to read at grade level by the end of third grade is a prime indicator of a child's likelihood of graduating from high school?
There are four pillars that support this initiative:
- School Readiness - Children are set up for success when they enter school prepared to learn
- School Attendance - Good school attendance maximizes learning and helps students stay on track
- Summer Reading - Engaging educational opportunities over the break prevent summer slide
- Parent Engagement - Parents are their children's first teachers and most important advocates
Do you want to learn how you can get involved, or are you interested in donating to Oakland Reads 2020? Contact them.
This initiative is a city-wide effort. The steering committee members are Anne Campbell Washington (Member of the OUSD Board of Education), Brian Rogers (Executive Director, Rogers Family Foundation), Gerry Garzon (Library Director, Oakland Public Library), Jean Quan (Mayor, City of Oakland), Jen Rainin (President, Kenneth Rainin Foundation), Kathy Schultz (Dean and Professor of Education, Mills College School of Education), Maria Santos (Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, Leadership and Equity in Action, Oakland Unified School District), Mark Friedman (CEO First 5 Alameda County), and Diane Sanchez (Director of Community Investment, East Bay Community Foundation)