Year after year, 66% of fourth graders are not reading proficiently. Many are not even reading at a basic level. A major contributor to this epidemic is instructional materials and practices that do not align with what the research has shown to be most successful.
In the last 50 years, researchers have learned a lot about how we learn to read. In fact, how the brain reads has been one of the most studied aspects of human psychology because it’s such an important issue. We know that nearly all children can learn to read. We also know there’s a knowledge-to-practice gap between what researchers have learned and what schools teach in PreK-12 schools. Sadly, this means people responsible for teaching students to read–and therefore too many of their students–are not getting the instruction they need to be proficient.
The Reading League’s approach focuses on closing the knowledge-to-practice gap by providing educators with knowledge. We are the only national nonprofit organization founded by researchers and educators that directly provides educators and all other stakeholders about the science of reading.
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The Reading League is currently partnered with over 70 school districts nationwide through professional development to transform teaching practices and improve students’ literacy outcomes.
Over 10,000 educators and stakeholders have immersed themselves in learning about the science of reading through our annual conference, annual summit, free resources, Online Academy, podcast, peer-reviewed journal, and more.
The Reading League has expanded into a vibrant network of 29 state chapters, propelled by over 150 passionate volunteer leaders committed to advancing evidence-aligned reading instruction within their states.
We believe that learning to read is a fundamental human right. It is individuals like you who bring us closer to making that a reality.
Please donate today because it takes a league.