Reading by Third

Tri-County Reading by Third Project - sponsored by Trident United Way

Reading proficiency in third grade is a key indicator for success with a strong correlation to high school graduation rates, which in turn can determine the trajectory of a young adult’s career and higher education prospects. We know that education is a key factor in economic development in the Tri-County area. 
In our region, approximately 50% of third graders are not reading at grade level and Trident United Way's goal is to positively impact this percentage through an innovative project in partnership with all four area school districts called the Tri-County Reading by Third Project (RB3). 
RB3 is focused on teacher professional development in the practice of teaching literacy to young children from the Lastinger Institute at the University of Florida. During the summer of 2017, local teachers who work with PK4- 2nd grade students underwent the initial training so that they could begin with this new paradigm as the school year began.
Trident United Way has promised to fund up to $1.5 million over 3 years to fund RB3 and will provide technical support via TUW’s program and evaluation teams. Ongoing communication is paramount and the TUW Director of Education will serve as the primary contact for the entire project team.

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Interested in learning more? Contact Kate Buckholz or 843-740-7723.