Words are the most powerful tool individuals have to connect with others. Don’t let a day go by without using your words to fight inequality. It’s easier than you think. Share this week’s post to raise awareness about the word gap.
SPREAD THE WORD
This week’s shocking statistic:
Only 1 in 4 high school students graduate college-ready in the 4 core subjects of English, Reading, Math and Science.
Use your words to close the achievement gap before it starts:www.wordrebel.org
WORD OF THE WEEK
In honor of our new multilingual parent partners, a Brazilian Portuguese word:
CAFUNE: Tenderly running your fingers through your lover’s hair.
WORDS HAVE POWER
Some quotes to live by:
“Don’t make assumptions: Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.”
– Don Miguel Ruiz
Still wondering why Word Rebel is helping preschoolers and not students struggling to graduate high school? Here is a bit of background about me and why I started Word Rebel!
As a former Special Education Coordinator, teaching 6th – 12th grade students in Brooklyn and the South Bronx, I wanted to understand exactly why successful schools in low-income neighborhoods had to work twice as hard as high-income schools. My teaching experience and Graduate research taught me that the achievement gap was really a vocabulary gap. It became clear that most of my students’ reading “disabilities” were, in reality, reading “deficits” that could be overcome with increased exposure to vocabulary and text. It also became clear that children preferred to learn from a screen, and even students living below the poverty line had access to smartphone technology and/or email.
What specifically inspired Word Rebel?
One of my students, an 18 year old sophomore, was unable to sound out basic vowel combinations. After just one semester of daily practice, he started junior year reading aloud confidently and scoring high 80s in AP History. While it is not impossible to close the word gap in middle and high school, it is exponentially more difficult, and it comes after a child has experienced repeated failure for 10, 12 or 18 years. Most schools do not have the funding to designate a Special Education teacher to work 1:1 with a student. More importantly, schools shouldn’t have to! My students didn’t need Special Education; They needed words!
This is why Word Rebel delivers information and materials directly to parents’ inboxes and mailboxes via their childcare providers. We connect parents directly to the free books and reading resources that already exist online and in low-income communities. Busy, hard-working parents need to be informed about the word gap and be given the tools to fight it BEFORE it starts.
Thank you for supporting Word Rebel.
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BUILD VOCABULARY: Make a wakeup, mealtime or bedtime routine: Reading children’s books or adult books aloud will strengthen your child’s vocabulary. Don’t forget to find your local Reach and Read Doctor Office to start receiving 2 free children’s books every year at pediatrician check-ups.