Literacy Academy Collective

New York City lacks not only adequate dyslexia and learning differences diagnosis methods but also teacher training, curricula, and public-school options for students with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities.

We provided a grant to Literacy Academy Collective (LAC), led by our Heckscher Leadership Fellow, Ruth Genn, to create the first New York City public K-8 public school that will provide scientifically proven instruction to support students with dyslexia and other struggling readers. In Summer 2021, Literacy Academy Collective successfully piloted an intensive, evidence-based reading intervention for struggling readers with learning differences and is opening its school in Fall 2023 in D7 in the Bronx.

In Fall 2022, Literacy Academy Collective will create model classrooms that provide direct instruction in reading and written expression across all content areas (social studies, math, science, etc.). These models will provide training and practicum opportunity for LAC founding school leadership team and teachers.

This grant led to full (including financial) support from the DOE. Click here to learn more about this support.

Literacy Academy Collective is working closely with the renowned Winward Institute – a leading expert in providing evidence-based instruction to students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.

We have an investor who’s willing to take risks and think about ‘how do we move the needle on some of these issues?

— Ruth Genn
    Co-Founder, Literacy Academy Collective, Former Executive Director, Bottom Line