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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Literacy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Theater

Mission: Reading In Motion's mission is to get every at-risk student reading at or above grade level in the first years of school through the power and discipline of the arts.

Target demographics: Low-income kindergarten and first grade students in Chicago

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,776

Geographic areas served: Chicago, IL

Programs: Benchmarks is a world-class reading program for at-risk children. The program uses arts-based activities that are physical, kinesthetic and imaginative to address key reading skills. Benchmarks includes the extra dosage component, which provides well-trained extra dosage instructors in first grade classrooms to provide additional small group instruction, at the same time the teacher is doing small group instruction in the same room. During the years ended june 30, 2015 and 2014, 3,400 and 2,407 kindergarden and first grade students benefited from this program, respectively

spanish is the spanish language version of benchmarks and is an adaptation designed to be used in bilingual kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms in which reading is taught in spanish. This program uses music and movement-based activities to address key reading and pre-reading skills. The spanish adaptation accounts for the particulars of the spanish language and its orthography, such as an emphasis on syllabic segmentation and an earlier push for encoding and decoding skills. During the years ended june 30, 2015 and 2014, over 1,500 and 820 students in kindergarden and first grade benefited from this program, respectively.

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Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lisa459

Board Member

Rating: 5

Reading In Motion's mission is to help at-risk students read at or above grade level within the first years of school. Program uses music and arts to make reading fun. I am excited to be a part of such an amazing organization.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Reading in Motion for the past two years. It is an amazing organization doing important work with public schools in Chicago and across the Midwest. The organization's performance speaks for itself, as Reading in Motion's programs consistently show significant improvements in reading test scores in the classrooms where they work. The return on investment for partners and donors is very high, on both an absolute basis and relative to other non-profit organizations I've worked with.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Reading In Motion has had a direct and material impact on thousands Chicago children. Reading In Motion is driven to get every student reading at grade level or above during their early years, especially students whose environment places them in greater need of support. I have had the privilege of watching this organization transforms the lives of our city's most vulnerable children.

Jill Fraggos

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Reading In Motion has helped thousands of disadvantaged, inner city Kindergartners and First Graders learn to read and take the first step toward a rewarding education. Their programs are proven (through real measurement) to be a quantum leap over current public school reading programs.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Reading In Motion is a valuable organization helping children to reach or exceed reading at grade level. I have seen this program at work in the school setting and am beyond amazed with the measured results as well as the satisfaction and confidence shown by the students.

Review from Guidestar