Thanks to the support from The Brown Foundation, The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and The William Stamps Farish Fund, we have been able to coach 184 participating teachers in our newest program that has shown its efficacy through statistically significant gains.
Throughout the year, Neuhaus’ Literacy Coaches administered The University of Oklahoma’s Early Literacy Quick Assessment (ELQA) to approximately 1, 200 students whose parents gave consent to participate in our research study. This data gave teachers valuable information about their preschoolers’ beginning knowledge base and it allowed coaches and teachers to customize daily literacy instruction to meet the needs of individual students. The data also helped teachers understand the value of using the Language and Literacy for Young Learners units to prepare their students for reading success.
Since we are an evidence-based organization, we are using an external evaluator, Education Northwest, to measure effectiveness. We are anxiously waiting for the final report (due in late September) but Education Northwest shared some very good news. For the students of teachers involved in the project, they see statistically significant gains in:
• Print Concepts
• Letters: Uppercase
• Letters: Lowercase
• Letter Sounds
• Receptive Vocabulary
Thanks to the generous support from The Brown Foundation, The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and The William Stamps Farish Fund, we will be able to continue this important work. For this coming year we will continue our work with HISD schools, but have also added Yellowstone Academy and the Cardinal Schools. The Cardinal Schools are 13 area Catholic Schools that serve predominantly low income families.
Find out more at neuhaus.org.