We have provided the following links as quick access to learn more about the literacy challenge facing our nation and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and to the sites of those agencies who are working to find solutions and creative approaches to reaching them.


Read Charlotte

Read Charlotte: http://www.readcharlotte.org/

Read Charlotte is “a collaborative, community-wide movement to double the percentage of 3rd grade students reading at grade level from 40% now to 80% in 2025.”


Belk Foundation

The Belk Foundation: http://www.belkfoundation.org/

The Belk Foundation’s mission “is to invest in schools and organizations that work aggressively to ensure all students graduate from high school and continue on an intentional path toward college, career and life.”


The Rankin Institute of The Fletcher School:  http://www.thefletcherschool.org/rankin-institute

The Fletcher School logoThe Rankin Institute is the outreach component of The Fletcher School, providing education and resources to teachers, professionals, and parents beyond those directly involved with the academic programs at Fletcher.



North Carolina Dyslexia Association: http://www.nc-ida.com/

IDA is “is the leading resource for individuals with dyslexia, their families, teachers, and educational professionals around the world. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia.”


ECACExceptional Children’s Assistance Center: http://www.ecac-parentcenter.org

Based in Davidson, NC, the ECAC “is a private non-profit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities.”


FCRR logoFlorida Center for Reading Research: http://fcrr.org

The FCRR “disseminates information about research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in pre-K through 12th grade.”


Reading Matters to Maine logoReading Matters to Maine: http://readingmatterstomaine.org

Reading Matters to Maine is a non-profit group “helping improve the knowledge base of all teacher candidates and current teachers who will be, and who are, teaching reading. This essential knowledge base includes the current science of reading, the foundational skills of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension), data analysis, effective use of assessment and monitoring tools, evidence-based reading instruction, and multi-tier systems of support (MTSS) for literacy instruction.”


“Not having a teaching background, it was a surprising, joyful thing for me to see that light bulb go on. It comes when you least expect it. There will be a concept that you’ve tried to get across in so many ways, and one day they just know it. Augustine has a motto, “Changing lives, two at a time.”

Barbara Partington, ALP Tutor (eight years and counting)