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 grants 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.

In Fall 2022, Literacy Academy Collective created model classrooms that provided direct instruction in reading and written expression across all content areas (social studies, math, science, etc.). These models created training and practicum opportunity for LAC founding school leadership team and teachers. Pilot students made 1.12 years worth of progress in just seven months. LAC is opening its full P.S. school in fall 2023 in District 7 in the Bronx.

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.

Learn more about the work Literacy Academy Collective is leading in this piece by Spectrum News NY1, this piece in the New York Times, and this article in Youth Today.

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