Partnership for LA Schools Awarded $650K Grant by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Support K-3 Literacy
Initiative Will Accelerate Proficiency in Literacy for 3,000 Students Over the Next Three Years
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools today announced it has been awarded a $650K grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to support the Partnership K-3 Literacy Initiative at the six Partnership elementary schools over the next three years. The Literacy Initiative will provide professional development for 140 K-3 teachers with the goal of accelerating gains in literacy for 3,000 students.
“The Kellogg Foundation’s support will allow us to build on the positive momentum we’ve established in our literacy programs to date and reach thousands of new children.”
“We are very grateful to the Kellogg Foundation for their generous support. The Kellogg Foundation’s funding of our K-3 Literacy Initiative demonstrates their deep commitment to our students, their families and our neighborhoods,” said Katherine Nelson, Senior Director of School Transformation at the Partnership. “The Kellogg Foundation’s support will allow us to build on the positive momentum we’ve established in our literacy programs to date and reach thousands of new children.”
A 2012 study found that students who are not reading at grade level by the third grade are four times less likely to graduate by age 19. Moreover, low-income students such as those in the Partnership schools are 13 times less likely to graduate on time than more affluent students.1
The Partnership Literacy Initiative hones teachers’ instructional practice in reading and writing, training them how to leverage technology in the classroom to support lessons, and coaching them on instructional strategies aligned to the new Common Core State standards. The initiative also has a component that educates parents about their student’s reading level and on ways to support literacy at home and over the summer.
About the Partnership
The Partnership for LA Schools is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on turning around LA’s lowest-performing public schools and piloting innovations that can be scaled across the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Launched in 2008, as a collaboration of LAUSD, the City of Los Angeles and the philanthropic sector, today the Partnership serves 15,000 students across 16 campuses in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts. The Partnership is the same size as the Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Malibu school districts combined, and is one of the largest public school turnaround initiatives in the nation. Last year, Partnership schools outperformed the district and state in every subject area covered by the California Standards Tests. Moreover, the Partnership was the #1 improving mid- to large-size school district in the state last year, the year before that, and over the last five years according to California’s Academic Performance Index. To learn more about the Partnership please visit our website at: www.PartnershipLA.org.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
1 Donald Hernandez, Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation (©2012, The Annie E. Casey Foundation) http://bit.ly/1pVQSGX