Bring Reading & Rhythm to Your School!
|ADDRESSING A READING CRISIS OF ALARMING PROPORTIONS
The inability to read well profoundly harms a child's ability to succeed in school and in life. Struggling readers lose self-esteem and motivation to learn, and cannot keep up in their other subjects, which require basic reading skills. Students with low literacy are at high risk of failing to graduate high school, being unemployed or limited to low-paying jobs, living in poverty, and being convicted of a crime. Addressing the nation's reading crisis is an economic necessity for all, because the U.S. economy demands higher literacy levels today than every before.
Despite many teachers' best efforts, millions of children continue to lag behind in school because of their poor reading skills. American students are part of a reading crisis of alarming proportions, and the students in California and Los Angeles are scoring particularly low.
Nationally, about one third of America's public school students have not mastered even the most basic reading skills, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. In 2006 tests, California students scored 3rd worst in the nation, with 51-64% of children grades 2-11 scoring below grade level. In LA County, 56-68% of the 1.3 million students performed below grade level. (Source: California Dept. of Education, 2007)
The Reading and Rhythm program is uniquely positioned to tackle this crisis by addressing key barriers to reading success:
1) it improves reading fluency and comprehension
2) gives kids the self-confidence an motivation to read
3) engages them in socio-culturally sensitive, positive learning interactions, and
4) enables them to better focus attention on reading tasks by mediating environmental stressors associated with living in inner-city or impoverished neighborhoods.
|SUPPORT THE SUCCESS BY
Steven's successful Reading and Rhythm program incorporates strategies for improving students' reading fluency and comprehension that include:
> Guided Oral Reading Experiences
> Comprehension Monitoring
> Positive Relationships
Your support can help bring these successful, replicable techniques into more schools in California and nationwide. Two basic programs that you can contribute to now are:
Reading and Rhythm Program
$1,200 (Twelve Sessions)
Six week program held twice a week. Can be held after-school or as a pull-out (students participate during school day). DFYL facilitator uses rhythm to improve students reading skills, fluency, comprehension and attention.
$7520 (Total for Entire Program)
In this training session, a DFYL facilitator trains a group of teachers to use the Reading and Rhythm program in their classroom. Its a one-week training workshop that consists of 2 two-and-a-half-hour sessions for up to 10 teachers. Directly following these sessions are thirty-minute in-class follow-ups for five days with each teacher to help them integrate the program into their daily teaching practice. Then, there are follow-up sessions one month after the initial training, and then quarterly thereafter for two years. Teachers receive certification at the conclusion of the program.
As a 501c3 non-profit organization, Drumming For Your Life (DFYL) relies heavily on gifts and donations from individuals, foundations and corporations to make possible the enriching rhythm and drumming programs it conducts in K-12 schools, juvenile justice centers, drug rehabilitation and cancer centers throughout California and other parts of the country. Go to www.dfyl.org to learn more and get involved today!