Our goal is to improve the reading proficiency of elementary students across South Carolina. By engaging all stakeholders, we can encourage everyone who interacts with our children — whether formally or informally — to develop a shared vision and speak the same language regarding literacy. We want to energize and mobilize teachers, school librarians, public librarians, literacy providers and parents.
WeReadSC will enhance existing schools, libraries, businesses and community groups by offering a unified solution to the literacy problem. By arming all stakeholders with the tools to help, everyone in the county can take ownership of a sustainable literacy solution. This program will then be transferable, replicable, and customizable to other populations.
What we do
We research and work within communities to enhance existing schools, libraries, businesses and community groups by offering a unified solution to the literacy problem.
Through one-on-one interactions, professional development, and observations within classrooms and at the library, the WeReadSC team uncovers and assists in implementing best practices for creating a flexible, transferable, customizable literacy program.
Additionally, our team uses surveys, interviews, focus groups and conversations with community businesses, families and other stakeholders to discover how best to communicate with the community and at the same time arming all stakeholders with the tools to help all members of the community take ownership of a sustainable literacy solution.
Through encouraging everyone who interacts with children to develop a shared vision and speak the same language regarding literacy, the WeReadSC team is bringing the topic of literacy improvement to the forefront of the community.
Volunteer opportunities for data collection are available throughout the year.
The Hearst Foundations
BC Grammar Elementary School
Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library of the Lexington County Public Library
Cocky’s Reading Express™
University of South Carolina College of Education