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Dream Big! The Story of Grady High School

Great Leaps Tutoring with Outward Bound Tactics

What can we learn from pairing the tool of Great Leaps with the resources of a dedicated teacher and the support of a community?

Let’s see!

Fresh out of college, Jake Hackett landed in an old high school and what he saw there broke his heart. There were kids in their teens reading below the second-grade level and, like in most high schools, little if anything that was being done to teach reading to these teenagers.

In the same spirit as NALI, Jake did not just bemoan the fact, he did something about it. He gathered some volunteers, got donations from the community and did a summer program. Twenty kids, all reading at or below the second-grade level, came to the Grady High School Reading Camp each day.

The program looked like summer programs but here was the magic – All 20 kids reached independent reading by the end of the summer. Not to mention that disciplinary with those students went down 90%.He did it again the next summer with a new group and had the same results, and then again and again – Four years in a row, success!

Every year a new batch of high school students had their lives changed by learning to read!

Together with great partners NALI, Great Leaps, and our community leaders can change lives.

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Great Leaps has been Highlighted in National Education Publications such as SeenMagazine (See here on page 37)

Sanctuary on 8th Street

This tutoring program provides exceptional and measurable results in reading fluency & math proficiency. Our tutors and volunteers provide one on one, guided intervention. The program is run by a retired educator and a team of trained volunteers. The program is administered daily so students receive one hour of tutoring a week. Interested in joining the team? The training is simple and the rewards are immense.

Hamlin University Review

This study looks at the impact of Great Leaps, a specialized supplemental oral reading fluency program, on two elementary English Language Learners.  Key influences include experience in schools, district mandates, and The National Reading Panel in 2000 which highlighted fluency instruction as an area needing attention.  The research was conducted in the ESL classroom using instruction and systematic observations of the two subject’s performance.  The study concluded that placing attention on oral reading fluency results in improvements.

Making a Difference

There’s One Organization In Town That’s Making a Difference. Great Leaps is a mission driven company fueled by a passion for equipping students for success through simple, effective and fun educational interventions. We have effective language and math interventions but are best known for our one-on-one Reading Intervention. For 20+ years, hundreds of thousands of students with a range of challenges including dyslexia have been to the independent reading level in 15 minutes a day with Great Leaps.