Read Write Spell advances the Science of Reading by teaching, training, and advocating.
Our vision is a transformed community in which every child learns to read, write and spell.
Read Write Spell Advances the Science of Reading.
All of our work is based in the science of reading– how the brain learns to read. Our approach, rooted in brain research, has been proven to be more effective for more children than traditional approaches to reading.
We believe that, with proper instruction, all children can learn to read.
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Esharan Monroe-Johnson, Executive Director, (336)779-1304, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice Day Clark, Assistant Director, (336)779-1296, email@example.com
Paula Bennett, Marketing and Development Director, (336)779-1303, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanie Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator, (336)779-1301, email@example.com
Jessica Course, Reading Foundations Program Asst., (336)779-1302, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Lester, Financial Secretary, (336)723-4391, ext1206, email@example.com
Susan Tague, Office Manager, (336)779-1300, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our Advisory Board
Ann Beery, Chair
Anna Brewer, Vice Chair
Kathleen Tatter, Secretary
Jordan Daniel, Treasurer
Sara Fox, Past Chair
Esharan Monroe-Johnson, Ex-Officio
Anne Parke Muller
Our Commitment to Equity
Equity is the state, quality, or ideal of being just, impartial and fair. Equity is not only a desired state of affairs but it also must be achieved and sustained structurally and systemically. Equity is achieved when race no longer predicts educational outcomes.
Literacy is the currency of the 21st century and is inextricably linked to equity and justice.
The opportunity gap in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) is astounding. According to WS/FCS data from 2012-2017, African-American and Latinx children tested close to 33% proficient in reading compared to 73% for their white counterparts—a 40% gap. Race is the number one predictor of an individual’s outcomes in our community. Throughout history, literacy has long been used as a tool of oppression and the opportunity gap serves as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done.
While the primary focus of our work is to provide students with research-based reading instruction, we acknowledge that systemic change is necessary to create a community in which all children have access to the opportunities that literacy and education make possible. In an effort to create a more just and equitable community, Read Write Spell commits to creating policies, programs, and practices that are anti-racist; embed diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout; and partner with organizations that are engaged in anti-racist systemic change.
In addition, we commit to:
Establishing a more diverse board of directors that includes people from the communities that we serve.
Use strengths-based communication when speaking about our work and the people that we serve.
Recruit volunteers that reflect the diversity of the population that we serve.