RISC 90 Second Story – Richmond Schools
A RISC 90 Second Story is the RISC “elevator speech” about RISC’s efforts on a specific research issue. This week the 90 Second Story is about the Reading to Grade level efforts with Richmond Public Schools. Next week’s 90 Second Story will be about the Child Trauma training efforts with Chesterfield Public Schools. The following week the 90 Second Story will be about what RISC is doing on the Eviction crisis in Richmond.
RPS – Reading to Grade Level
Introduction: Through RISC, we address serious problems in our community and overcome our region’s historic divisions by joining with 21 diverse congregations.
The Problem: There are over 10,000 students in Richmond Public Schools who are not reading at grade level. This is 42%!
The Solution: Through research and conversations with experts, we identified a program called Reading Mastery with proven success in getting kids to read.
The Obstacles: There has been a mindset from school officials that students come to school unprepared to learn, which they do not see as their problem. Another obstacle can be the concern among principals and teachers of implementing a new curriculum.
The Hero: Since 2014, RISC has been working to get HCPS and RPS to pilot Reading Mastery in just one school. We believe every child can learn given the appropriate resources and support. Heroes include the RPS students that are now beginning the process of learning to read to grade level.
The Resolution: RPS has piloted Reading Mastery in eight schools and seems committed to learning from the experiences of Baltimore and other school systems that have had success with Reading Mastery. Together, with the power of over 1,000 people, on May 2 we will once again gather this year to be sure that the RPS implementation has adequate fidelity and support.
Conclusion: I’m part of RISC, because RISC gets things done. RISC demands justice, and we are stronger when we join together to make a difference. Each of us helps win these victories by bringing 3 or more people to the Action on May 2 and showing up at research meetings and events so we can stand together against injustice. That’s why each of our commitments are so important.