An unprecedented partnership between 18 Dallas ISD elementary schools serving 11,370 Pre-K-5th grade students and 10 private schools formed in 2013 to advance 3rd grade reading proficiency.
The public-private partnership between these 28 schools focus on improving literacy through two key strategies:
- Create collaborative partnerships that bring valuable resources to local schools, including tutoring, books, volunteers, and unique programming.
- Hold bi-monthly lunch and learn meetings where guest speakers and network members share best practices.
Responding to data showing only 2 in 5 children in North Dallas reading on grade level, the partnership has focused on engaging high school students from the nearby private schools to tutor 3rd-5th grade students across the Dallas ISD elementary schools. Since the partnership launched, private school students from the network have contributed a combined total 15,000 hours across 10 Dallas ISD schools.