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OUR  MISSION

The Benedict Silverman Foundation promotes excellence and equity in American K-12 public schools by supporting research-based literacy instruction.
 
We seek to level the playing field in the face of systemic obstacles, because every child deserves an equal chance to thrive—which starts with learning to read.

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We believe

every child deserves an equal chance to thrive—and it starts with learning to read.

OUR PROGRAMS
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READING RESCUE

Benedict Silverman Foundation has proudly supported Reading Rescue since 1998.

Reading Rescue is a one-to-one intervention for first grade striving readers. The program is based on the Five Pillars of Literacy (as identified by the National Reading Panel) including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. 

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READING READY
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Developed in 2020 by the Foundation's academic advisor, Dr. Katherine Pace Miles. 

Reading Ready supports emergent word reading skills in pre- or struggling readers. Intentionally developed to be provided by either educators or caregivers.

COVID RELIEF FUNDING

In response to the immediate and ongoing needs due to COVID, Benedict Silverman Foundation has allocated additional grants to incredible organizations providing social services and food to those most impacted.

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OUR PARTNERS
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OUR BOARD
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Diane Archer
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Stephen Presser
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Allison Jaffin
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Scott Harrison
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Rhahime Bell
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FEATURED ARTICLE
"With the current usual methods of teaching children to read, about two-thirds of young people fail to reach grade-level benchmarks."

Read: Opinion: Children will need summer tutors to make up for pandemic learning loss.
By our Academic Advisor, Dr. Katharine Pace Miles