New York City lacks not only adequate dyslexia and learning differences diagnosis methods but also teacher training, curricula, and public-school options for students with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities.
We underwrote the creation of the Literacy Academy Collective (LAC), led by Ruth Genn, to create the first New York City public K-8 public school providing scientifically proven instruction to support students with dyslexia and other struggling readers. Literacy Academy Collective created model classrooms that provide direct instruction in reading and written expression across all content areas (social studies, math, science, etc.). These models provided training and practicum opportunities for LAC founding school leadership team and teachers. Pilot students made 1.15 years worth of progress in foundational reading skills over the course of the year.
The Literacy Academy is working closely with the renowned Winward Institute – a leading expert in providing evidence-based instruction to students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities — and is planning on opening additional schools in the future.