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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 AND PARTNERS

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READING
RESCUE

Benedict Silverman Foundation has proudly supported Literacy Trust since 1998. Literacy Trust operates the Reading Rescue program in over 140 NYC DOE Elementary Schools.

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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LITERACY TRUST

Benedict Silverman Foundation has proudly supported Literacy Trust since 1998. Literacy Trust operates the Reading Rescue program in over 140 NYC DOE Elementary Schools.
 

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CUNY PARTNERSHIP

The Benedict Silverman Foundation works closely with The City University of New York (CUNY) to provide professional development to undergraduate and graduate students who are on the pathway to becoming teachers. In partnership with NYC DOE, CUNY students provide tutoring to striving first grader readers.

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COVID-19
RELIEF FUNDING

In response to the needs of citizens due to the impact of COVID-19, Benedict Silverman Foundation has allocated additional grants to incredible organizations focused on providing social services and food to residents living in NY, NJ and CT.

Meet 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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Meet our partners

We're grateful for the continued work of our partners, without whom our mission would not be possible.

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
 

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LATEST NEWS
We've partnered with Proven Tutoring to address unfinished learning as a result of Covid-19

Proven Tutoring connects proven tutoring providers and school leaders to address unfinished learning resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.