FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 11, 2017
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Name: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER KANSAS CITY RECEIVES TOP KANSAS READING ROADMAP AWARD
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER KANSAS CITY RECEIVES KANSAS READING ROADMAP (KRR) AWARD
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER KANSAS CITY CHOSEN OUT OF 59 KRR PROGRAM SITES TO RECEIVE THE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Kansas City, Mo – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City partnered with the Kansas Department for Children and Families in 2016 to begin offering the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) program in their Olathe and Wyandotte County, KS locations. Members of the Olathe Unit achieved exceptional results, nearly doubling their reading competency skills. For efforts and accomplishments achieved by Olathe students and staff, KRR named the Olathe KRR Program as “Program of the Year”.
“I’m very excited to see this level of reading growth in the Olathe Boys & Girls Clubs afterschool program,” says Andrew Hysell, Executive Director, KRR. “The Olathe Unit is proving that early reading can be fostered and promoted through community-based programs. The potential for afterschool programs everywhere is incredible.”
KRR works with 59 schools and in three Boys & Girls Clubs locations – Manhattan, Olathe, and Wyandotte County. KRR provides a science-driven, skills-based approach to early literacy in partnership with the Clubs.
KRR is innovative in its approach for the following reasons:
- Provides a highly structured, individualized set of early literacy interventions;
- Curriculum can be led by KRR trained instructors; and
- Improvements are measurable through assessments and school testing.
Olathe’s third grade KRR participants who were reading at grade level nearly doubled their literacy skills from 36% to 67% in the 2016-17 school year.
Third grade is considered a pivotal moment in a student’s life because research has shown that if a student is not reading by third grade, they will face daunting challenges academically. According to the “A Kids Count” special report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, at nmvoices.org, millions of American children get to fourth grade without learning to read proficiently. And that puts them on the high school dropout track. Fourth grade curriculum is incomprehensible to students who read below that grade level.
KRR participant’s competency levels are measured through school-grade, curriculum-based testing. The program’s curriculum aligns with required state assessments third grade students participate in each school year. Results from KRR testing revealed monumental growth. During the 2016 – 2017 school year, the number of KRR participants who were most at-risk for special education dropped from 29% to 17%.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City is very proud and pleased to provide the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) literacy program to members in our two Kansas sites,” says Dave Smith, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. “We thank KRR for the opportunity and funding required for us to offer this important and effective program. Our entire organization is very excited by the results achieved through this initiative on behalf of our young children receiving the services. I want to especially recognize Aleasha Winter, KRR Director in our Olathe Unit, for her outstanding leadership and commitment which has led to the fantastic results to date. On behalf of our Board, staff, youth and families served through this program, we are extremely honored and proud to receive the award from KRR as recognition for attaining excellent results.”
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
For more than one hundred years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City has provided a fun and safe environment for youth, ages 5-18, to learn, play, meet new friends and grow. From sports, digital arts and media to group activities and tutoring, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provides top-quality programs to more than 1,000 area youth each day. Whether it is learning how an individual can make a difference in his/her community or learning how to play basketball or swim – the Clubs strive to help youth feel important and put their dreams of a great future within reach. For more information, visit www.helpKCkids.org or facebook.com/helpKCkids
About the Kansas Reading Roadmap
The Reading Roadmap is a systems-change model that helps program sites restructure and organize to create sustainable improvement in academics for all students. Roadmap schools shift learning from isolated classrooms to a building-wide approach. In this spirit, they develop sophisticated screening and progress monitoring systems and curriculum and intervention protocols to enhance individualized instruction. Since every Roadmap program is tailored for local needs and within the parameters of existing school resources, it’s a recipe for sustainable, long-term success.