Groves Literacy Partnerships℠
The vision of Groves Academy is to redefine the way our nation is taught, one student, one teacher, and one school at a time. Groves Literacy Partnerships through Groves Academy enable us to share our evidence-based teaching methods from our school to advance literacy instruction with other teachers and schools in the community. We work with teachers in partner schools to ensure all students receive literacy instruction based on the science of reading.
We believe we have a moral obligation to democratize good literacy instruction for all students in our community and nation.
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. Students who receive Groves literacy instruction at our school can advance over two grade levels in reading during the first year of instruction. The success of struggling readers in our school inspired us to establish Groves Literacy Partnerships in 2016 to help advance literacy instruction in other schools.
The Impact of Groves Literacy Partnerships
Groves began the first literacy partnerships during the 2016-17 school year with two public charter schools and 16 classrooms in Minneapolis serving 350 students. During the 2019-20 school year, the program has grown to 30 schools and 179 classrooms, serving over 3,500 students in public and independent schools in the Twin Cities metro area.
Nearly all of the funding required to serve our literacy partnership schools is generated through philanthropy.
Literacy Risk Assessment 2018-2019: All Schools, All Grades
Our partner schools are closing the gap: From Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 we saw a 26% reduction in the number of high-risk students in Groves literacy partner schools.
School Literacy Partnerships
Our school literacy partnership process begins by meeting with interested school administrators, then teachers in their school. Teachers are asked to vote if they wish to adopt a partnership program in their school, which includes 30 minutes of weekly literacy coaching in each classroom. We move forward to the next steps if we have at least 90% commitment from the teaching staff.
School partnerships begin each fall and typically last for three years, with the goal to make each school site self-sufficient by certifying an onsite literacy coach in the building.
Schools have the best chances for success when six criteria are met:
- Strong school leadership that supports the teachers, Groves literacy coaches, and overall program.
- Teacher commitment to the Groves Literacy Framework and its implementation.
- A building-wide commitment to the fidelity of the Groves literacy program.
- Sufficient time allocated to daily literacy instruction.
- Appropriate grouping of students based on assessment data.
- Flexibility in classroom scheduling to accommodate weekly coaching visits.
In the first year, Pre-K–2nd grade teachers begin the implementation, with 3rd grade joining in year two along with intervention for struggling readers. In year three, a dedicated coach from the school staff is identified and trained by Groves staff to make the program sustainable.
Each year, oral reading fluency data is collected in the fall, winter, and spring to identify high and moderate risk students and track program progress. Groves literacy coaches assist in the interpretation of the data, student groupings, and intervention planning.
Meet the Groves Literacy Partnerships Team
Interested in Learning More?
We want to hear from you. New literacy partnership discussions can begin anytime. However, the planning process starts in winter and early spring, with signed agreements in place by early May for the following school year.