Goodman Community Center | START Literacy Initiative

Introducing the START Literacy Initiative, an effort that aims to help increase literacy rates for youth within the greater Madison area using the Science of Reading.

START Literacy Initiative

The *START Residency is a semester long intergenerational tutoring model that pairs small teams of adults with elementary youth to improve the young person's reading skills. All tutors will receive 5 weeks of training in an evidence-based *Science of Reading curriculum, facilitated by our Goodman Literacy Specialist. Tutors will be given toolboxes of activities and resources to use over the following 8 weeks during tutoring sessions with continued support and coaching

Our next residency - scheduled for the fall of 2024 - will focus on 2nd-5th graders who are not yet reading at grade level and who attend Goodman’s elementary after-school program.

The Goal

Students enrolled in the program will jump more than their expected yearly reading growth.

A young girl sits on a couch and draws and writes in Goodman Community Center's after-school program.

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Elementary students need our help.

Currently, about 35% of 3rd graders in Wisconsin are reading at or above grade level. Among Black students in Dane County, that percentage is only 10%. Our schools don’t have the staff or resources to provide students with all of the help they need.

The community must step up.

It’s up to all of us to come together and address this crisis in literacy. Our kids’ futures depend on it.

Learn more about volunteering

For more information about START Literacy Initiative contact:

Iris Patterson

Literacy Specialist
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