Uncovering Dyslexia, NYC’s Literacy Crisis and its Effects Across Systems

Thursday, December 10, 2020 -
9:00am to 10:30am EST
Virtual Meeting - Register by 12/9
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Education, particularly literacy, should unlock opportunities. Instead, most literacy programs used in American schools leave more than half the students struggling to read. It perpetuates the loss of human potential. The picture in New York City, despite small scale promising efforts, is equally grim. In fact, Mississippi implemented a statewide teacher training program in the science of reading and they ranked first in the nation in reading improvement according to the Nation’s Report Card this year. NYS scores declined slightly but haven’t changed significantly in over 20 years.

The “Dyslexia to Prison Pipeline” suggests there is ample evidence that poor reading instruction for many (including but not limited to those with language processing disorders, like dyslexia) results in learning loss, school disconnection and other poor life outcomes. This has been amplified by the pandemic and the failure of systems to support vulnerable learners through remote learning. There is an opportunity for funders collaborating across sectors to fashion systemic solutions, incubate ideas and promote greater public understanding.

  • The literacy crisis among New York City’s public school students and current system for intervention/support
  • The intersection between dyslexia, poor literacy outcomes and the many affected public systems
  • Promising approaches and opportunities for cross-sector funders to collectively support early intervention and systemic change for students with dyslexia and other struggling readers  
  • Funders from diverse funding areas who are committed to addressing the literacy crisis
  • Opportunities for cross-sector funders to accelerate local efforts



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