Did you know that Forsyth County is in a literacy crisis?
of children in Forsyth County are not reading proficiently
of poor readers in 3rd grade are still poor readers in 9th grade
of children in Forsyth County enter Kindergarten at risk of needing additional support with reading
For 90% of poor readers, early, intensive intervention can increase reading ability to an age-appropriate average skill level.
Augustine Literacy Project tutors in public schools in 2017-2018
Educators trained in the summer of 2018
Families served at Reading Party in 2017-2018
The mission of READWS is to reach, teach, and advocate for struggling readers by training tutors, educators, and parents to use the evidence-based best practices of a multi-sensory, structured literacy approach. We focus on students who are at an economic disadvantage.
Augustine Literacy Project® trains and supports volunteers who provide free, long term, one-to-one instruction to low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills.
Through our Educator Academy, READWS provides educators with free resources and sponsors free and low-cost training using an Orton-Gillingham approach. In 2016, we kicked off our Reading Party parent education program. Reading Party is a free, parent-oriented seminar that teaches simple and effective multisensory strategies to parents and their children in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Parents can use these strategies at home to help strengthen pre-reading and early reading skills.
In addition to these programs, READWS partners with other like-minded groups across our city, state and country in support of children with reading difficulties. To learn more about partnering with us click here.