Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will collaborate with Harvard Graduate School of Education and MIT’s Integrated Learning Initiative to Reach Every Reader

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) announced today that the district has been selected to join Reach Every Reader, a collaborative project with the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili).

Reach Every Reader utilizes expertise in cognitive science, reading and technology from the collaborators to integrate research and practice in early literacy and is supported by a $30 million grant from Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, co-founders of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Beginning steps in 2018 will include convening key experts to partner with CMS.

"Reach Every Reader builds on the district's existing literacy priorities and students will benefit as personalized early literacy learning tools, techniques and practices are developed by Reach Every Reader," said Dr. Clayton Wilcox, CMS Superintendent.

The Reach Every Reader collaboration is informed by early literacy research and survey work conducted by CMS and Dr. James Kim of HGSE to create data-driven approaches to double the percentage of children reading proficiently from 40% to 80% by 2025. This literacy goal is being championed by CMS and READ Charlotte in partnership with a network of community reading and early literacy allies.

Reach Every Reader collaborators view the effort as long-term, with work and impact continuing beyond the initial five-year cycle as a mutual effort.