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Early Literacy Initiative

Students in Momenta schools progress faster because:

  • Classroom routines are optimized for small group differentiated instruction

  • Teachers use benchmark and progress monitoring data to identify student needs, group students for success and provide the appropriate interventions when needed, and monitor student growth

  • First grade teachers adjust instruction to maintain and build on the kindergarten gains

  • Teachers and principals have a deeper understanding of early literacy acquisition

  • Teachers collaborate more across and between grade levels

  • Students work in small groups and independently, smoothly transition between activities, and are partner reading by January

The Early Literacy Intensive Includes:

Year 1

  • 2 days of professional development in the essentials

  • of early literacy instruction.

  • 12 visits from a Momenta Literacy Consultant

  • 6 visits from a Momenta Principal Coach

  • Support for 3 data meetings throughout the year

  • $300 for materials/curriculum purchases

Year 2

  • 8 visits from a Momenta Literacy Consultant

  • 4 visits from a Momenta Principal Coach

  • Continued support for all data meetings

  • $300 for materials and purchases

Early Literacy Intensive Cost:

The cost of this 2-year package is $30,000. This can be paid in two installments of $15,000 each.

Add an additional introductory package for Grades 2 - 5 in Reciprocal Teaching and Debate, Data Analysis, or Prose Constructed Response for only $6,000 (a 20% discount)

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“Kids can now leave kindergarten

reading, and that’s changed how

first grade operates because

teachers are preparing

differently and having different

conversations. We have to

support that child and help them

move forward, but there’s not one

way that works for every child.

Now every kid is engaged.”

JOHN OBREMSKI Principal of Lafayette School, Everett

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Impact Data on Early Literacy

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Improving basic reading fluency, particularly in kindergarten, is a powerful way to improve 3rd grade reading mastery.

Kindergarteners in Momenta schools improve their reading fluency far more than their counterparts in a national sample.

This study followed 4500 students in Momenta schools from K to 3rd grade, and compared their scores to a representative sample provided by the national DIBELS database. Read the whole study.


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Only 27% of Kindergartners and 34% of 3rd Graders Can Read at Grade Level

In a nationally representative sample, only 27% of children enter kindergarten with basic alphabetic skills. By the end of kindergarten, only 30% have mastered grade-level reading skills. By 3rd grade, only 34% of children are reading at grade level.

Momenta Makes a Difference

Children enter kindergarten in Momenta schools scoring about the same as their counterparts in the national sample. However, by the end of kindergarten over 50% of Momenta students have mastered grade-level reading skills, and they continue to progress on grade level through 3rd grade.


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Improving Basic Reading Skills in Kindergarten Leads to MCAS Success

High needs children (low income, ELL and/or SPED) who do not attain grade-level reading skills by the end of kindergarten have only a 25% chance of being a proficient reader in third grade as measured by the MCAS. But if a high needs child masters grade level reading skills in kindergarten, their chances of scoring proficient or above almost doubles to 47%.


Learn more

For more information contact Benjamin Scherz, Director of Partnerships. Email benjaminscherz@momenta.org, call 800-683-9682 ext 717 or complete the form.

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