Literacy

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With less than one month left until school starts, kids will soon trade in their play-dates for pencils, and get back to the lessons they left for summer vacation.

The big question for teachers: how much review will their students need at first? Educators often wrangle with the "summer slide," varying degrees of academic regression students face upon returning to school, after taking a three-month break from regular daily instruction.

The man who connected millions of American children with a love for reading will soon bring his message to a Milwaukee audience.

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In a mix of sports metaphors, Tuesday's Reading Blitz represents a full-court press for organizations trying to improve reading skills among Milwaukee kids.

The day's effort, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, is the culmination of a concerted effort to increase the number of volunteer reading tutors in the community.  Community engagement specialist Karissa Gretebeck says the effort is aimed particularly at the youngest readers.

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As students head back to school, so to are a team of volunteer literacy tutors.

Hayes Bilingual School in Milwaukee scores 62.2 on the state report card system. That means it’s just shy of meeting expectations. Most MPS schools fall at or below that level, but Hayes is different. Its growth score is 86 – well above the state average. The school’s dual-immersion approach seems to be generating improvements in both math and reading.

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About 30 million Americans have “below basic” prose literacy skills. That’s according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy from the National Center for Education Statistics. People in this category might struggle to read the Harry Potter series in English, let alone get advanced job training. Meanwhile, some Wisconsin employers say they can’t fill job openings because applicants lack the necessary abilities.