This month, Learn to Earn Dayton kicked off the second year of our Early Grade Literacy Collaborative's demonstration project -- Mighty Classrooms -- in partnership with Trotwood-Madison School District.
With support from the Iddings Foundation, Learn to Earn Dayton partnered with the Trotwood-Madison City School District to pilot a transition-to-first grade classroom at their Early Learning Center for the 2022-2023 school year. The blended classroom, known as “Mighty Rams,” centered early grade literacy and focused on family engagement to encourage increased attendance. Now, in the second year of the pilot, we have grown from a single blended classroom to three true-to-age classrooms (K, 1st, 2nd).
Mighty Classrooms are part of an effort to develop a scalable model for early grade students to reach higher levels of literacy proficiency and academic achievement, by focusing on family engagement and attendance.
Teachers, administrators, and partners at the school are critical to the success of the program and we are so grateful for their dedicated support. At Trotwood-Madison, all students benefit from highly engaging classrooms focused on the science of reading.
At this year's orientation, families learned about why Mighty Classrooms are different -- namely the out of school time enhancements provided by Learn to Earn Dayton for the families. Those include: incentives for student attendance, family engagement opportunities, "Reading is Lit!" literacy boxes delivered to homes, text tips to support student learning when out of school, 4.5 weekly hours of high-dosage tutoring (in partnership with University of Dayton), and caregiver education opportunities.
Parents and caregivers are dedicated to their student's success and our young "mighty" learners are ready to start the school year. We're excited for the new year to begin!
Are you an educator interested in learning more about Mighty Classrooms or the Early Grade Literacy Collaborative? Contact Maya Dorsey, Director of K12 Strategies.