Changing Lives Through Literacy
We are facing a literacy crisis in the United States that affects us all. Few things have as great an impact on a person’s success in life as literacy. The ability to read, write, and comprehend has far-reaching social, economic, and generational impacts. At Groves Academy, we’re working to close the achievement gap by transforming the way learning and literacy are taught.
Approximately ⅓ of third-grade school students in Minnesota are falling way behind in reading.
What Is Literacy?
Most people answer quite simply that literacy is the ability to read and write. While this is true (in fact, it is the exact definition of literacy found in many dictionaries) literacy is so much more than a person’s ability to read and write. We can expand this definition by adding the ability to spell, listen, and speak, which are also important components of literacy. However, true literacy encompasses not only the ability to combine letters, words, and sounds to create meaning, but the ability to comprehend and analyze information.
Globally, 6 out of 10 children and adolescents lack minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics1
Literacy Is Empowering
Literacy is essential to understanding and interacting with the world around us. The ability to read, write, and comprehend empowers us to learn and improve our quality of life. We work with students who are struggling with literacy due to learning disabilities or attention disorders to develop literacy skills that enable comprehension and critical thinking.
“Literacy is the first step towards freedom, towards liberation from social and economic constraints. It is the prerequisite for development, both individual and collective. It reduces poverty and inequality, creates wealth, and helps to eradicate problems of nutrition and public health.”
– Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
The Groves Literacy Framework®
The Groves Literacy Framework, which was developed at Groves Academy, uses an Orton-Gillingham-based curriculum and is rooted in decades of literacy and brain research. We believe that students learn best when instruction is direct, sequential, multi-sensory, and addresses individual strengths and challenges. Students who receive Groves literacy instruction at our school can advance more than two grade levels in reading during the first year of instruction.
Our Approach to Literacy Instruction
We are dedicated to transforming the way learning and literacy is taught through effective, evidence-based reading instruction that benefits all students. By immersing ourselves in the science of reading we are continually at the forefront of proven literacy instruction methods. Our approach is sequential and multi-sensory, which allows students to master and then build upon each new skill at their own pace.
Our staff engages in continuous professional development, including reading the latest research on the science of reading. We are particularly interested in what cognitive scientists uncover about how the brain learns to read in both emerging and struggling readers (including students with dyslexia.) As new research emerges, we continue to adapt our teaching to reflect these insights and improve literacy instruction for all.
1United Nations. (2019). Sustainable Development Goals: 2019 Report. (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/education/)