In the area of early literacy, we created a unique and replicable strategic partnership between CUNY Brooklyn College, Reading Rescue and GO Project (GO). Through this partnership Brooklyn College students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate early childhood literacy courses are able to accomplish required fieldwork hours by tutoring struggling readers in New York City public schools via Reading Rescue, a one-on-one research and evidence-based intervention targeted to support high-need first-grade students who are reading below grade-level expectations.
Our support enabled the implementation of Reading Rescue’s instruction for at-risk kindergarten through second grade students as part of GO’s programming. GO provides year-round educational and family support programs for under-resourced New York City’s public school children who are performing below grade level. Through this pilot, the 1:1 tutoring sessions resulted in strong gains for GO’s youngest learners – all students grew at a faster rate than what was expected of them during the school year.