Reading In Motion's NW Side Expansion

 

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"Reading In Motion is bringing its innovative arts-based reading programs to 15 schools on Chicago's Northwest Side for the 2010-11 school year as part of a partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. The expansion into kindergarten and first grade classrooms in CPS' Area 1 means RIM will be in about 25 elementary schools throughout Chicago this school year." If RIM is so good, then why only on the NW side?  See full press release below.

Reading In Motion partners with the Chicago Public Schools to deliver its arts-based reading programs in 15 new schools on the Northwest Side this school year

CHICAGO - Reading In Motion is bringing its innovative arts-based reading programs to 15 schools on Chicago's Northwest Side for the 2010-11 school year as part of a partnership with the Chicago Public Schools.  The expansion into kindergarten and first grade classrooms in CPS' Area 1 means RIM will be in about 25 elementary schools throughout Chicago this school year, delivering its unique curriculum that uses music and drama to engage at-risk students and help them achieve grade-level reading. 

"We're thrilled to be partnering with the Chicago Pubic Schools on this expansion.  I think it's recognition of the hard work we've done in creating our arts-based curriculum and the positive results we consistently see in our students," said RIM Executive Director Karl Androes.  "This will mean hope and opportunity for hundreds more at-risk children who will have a better shot at reaching grade level reading in the crucial early academic years."

The Area 1 partnership will involve RIM's kindergarten Benchmarks program in nine schools and the Extra Dosage program - for first graders who need an 'extra dose' of instruction - in six other schools.  RIM will also host workshops for K-1st teachers in all of the remaining Area 1 schools.  RIM coaches and program staff led workshops for kindergarten teachers in nine participating schools this summer to train them in RIM's methods, and will provide bi-weekly support for each teacher in those schools throughout the year.  In addition, Extra Dosage instructors will be inserted in all first grade classrooms in six other schools to implement additional small groups daily, thereby doubling instructional time for students who need it most.

Two significant goals of the teacher workshops were to get teachers excited about maximizing their amount of instructional time each day, and making teachers' instruction the highest quality possible - engaging and full of rich opportunities to practice skills and get immediate feedback.  The overall project goal is that in participating schools, the percent of students reading at grade level at the end of kindergarten and first grade increases each year until it reaches 100%.

RIM is in close to 120 classrooms throughout Chicago and has helped tens of thousands of students gain critical reading skills since it was founded in 1983.  RIM has commissioned several assessments of its work over the years and the results have shown significant and consistent reading gains by students exposed to the program. The most recent study tracked students for four years and found that students who were in Reading In Motion classrooms from kindergarten to third grade were three times as likely to be reading at grade level at the end of third grade compared to closely matched control group classrooms who had not had Reading In Motion.

"Through these studies and our classroom experience over the years we have learned that young students are engaged by music and movement, and better able to pick up the literacy skills they'll need as they move on in school and life," Androes said. 

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Reading In Motion's mission is to get every at-risk kindergarten through third grade student reading at or above grade level, using the power and discipline of the arts. To accomplish this we partner with schools and teachers to create and deliver an innovative supplemental reading program that uses music and drama to engage students. Reading In Motion is currently in close to 120 Chicago Public School classrooms and has helped more than 45,000 students since it was founded in 1983.

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