Groves Literacy Partnerships®
Groves Literacy Partnerships is about working together to help all students shine brightly through evidence-based literacy instruction. It’s our avenue for sharing the methods used in Groves Academy® to advance literacy instruction with other teachers and schools in the community.
We believe we have a moral obligation to democratize good literacy instruction for all students in our community and nation.
Groves Method™ Literacy Curriculum
Groves Method Literacy Curriculum for All is available only to Groves Literacy Partnerships schools. If you require additional curriculum materials, please contact your Groves Literacy Partnerships Coach for assistance.
The Groves Literacy Framework®
The Groves Literacy Framework, which was developed at Groves Academy, uses curriculum based on the Science of Reading and is rooted in decades of literacy and brain research. Over 90% of new Groves Academy students (grades 2-8) see growth in Oral Reading Fluency in their first year. The success of struggling readers at Groves Academy inspired us to establish Groves Literacy Partnerships in 2016 to radiate our advanced literacy instruction to other schools.
The Impact of Groves Literacy Partnerships
Groves Learning Organization™ began the first Groves Literacy Partnerships during the 2016-17 school year with two public charter schools and 16 classrooms in Minneapolis serving 350 students. During the 2021-22 school year, the program has ignited and spread to 64 schools and 430 classrooms, illuminating more than 8,000 students in public and independent schools in the Twin Cities metro area.
Nearly all of the funding required to serve Groves Literacy Partnerships schools is generated through philanthropy.
Literacy Risk Assessment 2021-2022
Our partner schools are closing the gap:
- One in three readers who tested in the high-risk category in the fall for grade-level reading fluency was no longer high risk by the end of the school year.
- 42% of first-grade students tested as high risk in the fall; only 25% were still high risk in the spring.
- 82% of the students who tested as high risk between the 3rd-10th percentile in the fall increased their national percentile by spring testing and are closing the gap between them and their peers who are reading at grade level.
- 98% of high-risk readers improved their reading speed and accuracy over the course of the year.
This data represents the oral reading assessments of 4,136 students in grades 1-3 who were tested in both the fall and spring of the 2021-2022 school year.
Kindergarten students in GLP partner schools* do not take the oral reading fluency assessment.
*Six Minneapolis Public Schools and St. Paul City Schools are not included in this data set because they use a different screening tool.
Join Groves Literacy Partnerships
Becoming a Groves Literacy Partnerships school begins by meeting with interested school administrators, then teachers in their school. Teachers are asked to vote if they wish to adopt a partnership program in their school, which includes 30 minutes of weekly literacy coaching in each classroom. We move forward to the next steps if we have at least 90% commitment from the teaching staff.
School partnerships begin each fall and typically last for three years, with the goal to make each school site self-sufficient by certifying an onsite literacy coach in the building.
Schools have the best chances for success when six criteria are met:
- Strong school leadership that supports the teachers, Groves literacy coaches, and overall program.
- Teacher commitment to the Groves Literacy Framework and its implementation.
- A building-wide commitment to the fidelity of the Groves literacy program.
- Sufficient time allocated to daily literacy instruction.
- Appropriate grouping of students based on assessment data.
- Flexibility in classroom scheduling to accommodate weekly coaching visits.
In the first year, Pre-K–2nd grade teachers begin the implementation, with 3rd grade joining in year two along with intervention for struggling readers. In year three, a dedicated coach from the school staff is identified and trained by Groves Literacy Partnerships staff to make the program sustainable.
Each year, oral reading fluency data is collected in the fall, winter, and spring to identify high- and moderate-risk students and track program progress. Groves Literacy Partnerships coaches assist in the interpretation of the data, student groupings, and intervention planning.
2022-23 Groves Literacy Partner Schools
Meet the Groves Literacy Partnerships Team
Interested in Learning More?
We want to partner with fellow educators to share our evidence-based literacy instruction so that all students learn to read. New literacy partnership discussions can begin anytime. However, the planning process starts in winter and early spring, with signed agreements in place by early May for the following school year.