Theater Brings Literacy to Life for Kids

Various theater and performance based programs are dramatically improving students’ literacy skills across all age groups.

This story is part of an ongoing campaign called the Alphabet of Illiteracy. By using letters themselves—the foundation of reading and writing—Project Literacy examines the ways illiteracy underpins some of the greatest challenges facing the world today. Below, we explore the letter P for “performance.”

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Want To Keep More Kids In School? Design A Smarter Classroom

“If you put kids in a different environment, the behavior changes, and the teachers are happier.”

This story is part of an ongoing campaign called the Alphabet of Illiteracy. By using letters themselves—the foundation of reading and writing—Project Literacy examines the ways illiteracy underpins some of the greatest challenges facing the world today. Below, we explore the letter Q for “quitting school.”

Traditional school buildings are being redesigned and reimagined to foster student learning. Photo of Alamo Elementary School, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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How Texting Can Actually Improve Your Writing Skills

“Even those who struggle to read get exposure to the written word through texting.” #projectliteracy

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Text messaging gets a bad rep for reducing our thoughts to a stream of emojis, LOLs, and other silly shorthand. But several innovative programs actually use SMS technology to advance our literacy rather than dumbing it down. Texting has already proven successful in behavioral change programs such as weight loss and smoking cessation, so literacy training is another logical step.

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