Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal Hosts Special Edition Launch Event on Literacy Innovations Highlighting READ by 4th Campaign

Date: 
March 12, 2015

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, The Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal hosted their Special Edition Launch Event on Literacy Innovations highlighting the READ by 4th Campaign. The Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal (PSIJ) announced that a special edition of PSIJ will be published highlighting the READ by 4th Campaign (Ready, Engaged, Able and Determined by 4th Grade). This special edition will highlight Philadelphia education stakeholders’ challenges and opportunities, exploring best practices to guarantee Philadelphia children are prepared to read at grade level.

UAC President and CEO Sharmain Matlock-Turner began the READ by 4th press conference by emphasizing the importance of the READ by 4th program:

“While the single most important predictor of high school graduation and career success is reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade, 51 percent of Philadelphia 3rd graders cannot read at grade level. Through the power of the Coalition, Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) and everyone involved in the READ by 4th Campaign will fight to give Philadelphia’s youth a helping hand and a chance at a better future.”

The READ by 4th Campaign ensures that education stakeholders, the parents and advocates of Philadelphia children affirm to addressing and alleviating the literacy barrier so that Philadelphia children can also receive a high quality education.


About READ by 4th Campaign

The READ by 4th Campaign leaders include: Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), The Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC), The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, The Public Health Fund, The Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), and The School District of Philadelphia (SDP). This campaign encompasses four educational goals:

  • Family Engagement- Empowering parents and guardians to serve as their child’s first teacher
  • Year-Round Readers (Summer Boost)- Summer reading opportunities for year-round reading
  • Attendance Matters- Public awareness and targeted interventions for regular attendance
  • Evidence-Based Instruction for all Readers- Standardized, evidence-based practices of reading instruction to support a range of student learning needs

Click here read more about the READ by 4th Campaign.

Click here for the full press release.