The grant will support a multiyear partnership and citywide effort to boost literacy in the district's thirty-nine public and charter elementary schools, with the goal of having every child read at grade level by the end of third grade. Only a third of children in the district achieve that milestone — one of the most important predictors of a child's chances of graduating from high school and succeeding in life. As part of its investment, the foundation is partnering with sixteen schools to boost outcomes for students in kindergarten and first grade, and will also support a robust professional development program aimed at strengthening instructional leadership and improve curricula.
Over the past three years, the Rainin Foundation has tested and supported efforts to scale proven approaches to literacy and language development at nearly sixty schools in the city, including implementation of a professional development program, SEEDS of Learning, in preschool and transitional kindergarten classrooms.
"We are thrilled to continue supporting teachers and accelerating progress for Oakland children," said Rainin Foundation director of education, strategy, and ventures Susan True. "We're starting this school year strong with big student gains, a new superintendent who has a wealth of elementary school experience and understands the power of preparing young kids to succeed, and teachers who feel supported and encouraged by their students' remarkable growth."