Organization Summary and Logic Model

Organization Summary

Beyond Basics is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to delivery of student-centered preK-12 reading and literacy-enrichment programs. Beyond Basics collaborates with school communities and learning communities in under-resourced neighborhoods to provide supplemental evidence-based literacy programs.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of Beyond Basics is to improve reading proficiency for everyone. Two objectives guide our work in delivering programs that meet this goal:

Objective 1: Deliver reading instruction that empowers students to learn, grow, and participate in a dynamic, information-based world.
Objective 2: Build vocabulary and comprehension through exposure to literacy-enrichment activities and community partnerships that are success-focused.
Key Activities, Measures, and Outcomes

Beyond Basics utilizes both qualitative and quantitative data to improve student reading proficiency with evidence-based data across all Comprehensive Literacy Suite key activities.

Reading Program Description

Reading Readiness Program Description

Beyond Basics’ uses the Reading Readiness Curriculum to teach a variety of concepts necessary for the development of reading skills. When students reach the end of their Reading Readiness segment, the WRMT-III post-test is administered. The Reading Readiness curriculum is designed for elementary school use and employs the Readiness Woodcock for pre-testing and post-testing. The Student Ownership Around Reading (S.O.A.R.) curriculum is designed for high school use and employs the Basic Woodcock for pre-testing and post-testing.

READING READINESS CURRICULUM

Beyond Basics’ tutors are trained in the Reading Readiness Program curriculum which combines the best of systematic phonics, auditory processing, and literature-based instruction to create a streamlined approach. The curriculum design draws upon Florida Center for Reading Research, Readworks.org, Scholastic Teaching Resources, and Read Naturally resources. During tutoring sessions, students focus on letter recognition, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and oral reading fluency. In addition, students’ learn vocabulary as well as sight words.  S.O.A.R. students’ work within 3 pods that emphasize English Language Arts, Oral Reading Fluency, and one-on-one Coaching. Across the S.O.A.R. pods, students learn how to improve their reading skills and take responsibility for their reading future.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS IN THE READING READINESS PROGRAM

For optimum success our Literacy Specialists recommend adherence to the Readiness tutoring program schedule and model. To achieve success at the high school level, and ensure maximum retention of material, students must go through intensive group tutoring sessions for a duration of 60 minutes, five times per week. Students should acquire a minimum of 20 program hours (number of hours will vary depending on the student’s ability to understand and apply concepts), within 30-60 days.
The program model and schedule is designed to expedite students’ progress in accumulating the skills and knowledge they lack to bring them to reading proficiency or above. Any deviation from the program requirements, such as shortened sessions and frequency of irregularities, can impact student success. Therefore, it is highly recommended that any program interruptions be avoided.

Read to Rise Tutoring Program Description

READ TO RISE TATTUM READING SYSTEM (Phase 1)

 The Read to Rise 1:1 Tutoring program provides one-on-one, intense, on-site tutoring services to students during regular school hours. The Read to Rise Tutoring program is a research-based literacy intervention program based upon Tattum Reading System (TRS) methodology. TRS combines the best of systematic phonics, auditory processing, and literature-based instruction to create a streamlined, multi-sensory program that includes immediate reading application with high interest and phonetically controlled books.

Beyond Basics gets kids reading through a focused one-on-one or small group instruction where trained tutors work daily with students during or after school hours.

Beyond Basics reading tutors practice TRS tutoring in the context of Direct Instruction teaching methods—a research-based approach widely employed by educators to facilitate effective and efficient learning.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS IN THE READ TO RISE PROGRAM

For optimum success we recommend adherence to the Read to Rise tutoring program schedule and model. To achieve success at the high school level, and ensure maximum retention of material, students must go through intensive one-on-one tutoring sessions for a duration of 60 minutes, four to five times per week. Students should acquire 30 sessions (number of hours will vary depending on the student’s ability to understand and apply concepts), within a maximum time span of 60 days to optimally complete the program.

The program model and schedule is designed to expedite students’ progress in accumulating the skills and knowledge they lack to bring them to proficiency or above. Any deviation from the program requirements, such as shortened sessions and frequency irregularities, can impact student success. Therefore, it is highly recommended that any program interruptions be avoided.

* Nonsense Words Made-up words that challenge students to decode unfamiliar words using tools learned from Tattum concepts.
** Cold Read One-minute timed reading from an unfamiliar passage in a Tattum book that a student is currently working in. Students should be able to read between a minimum of 150 to 200+ words per minute comfortably in their grade level.
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READ TO RISE SCHOLARS PROGRAM (Phase 2)

 Beyond Basics’ tutors are trained in the Scholars program which is based upon Read Naturally curriculum. Each one-hour session is composed of two 30-minute sessions. In the first session, students learn and practice activities that focus on promoting oral reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. In the second session, students practice these skills by writing in a journal for 30 minutes.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS IN THE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

 For optimum success Beyond Basics’ Literacy Specialists recommend adherence to the Scholars tutoring program schedule and model. To achieve success at the high school level, and ensure maximum retention of material, students must go through intensive group tutoring sessions for a duration of 60 minutes, five times per week. Students should acquire a minimum of 20 program hours (number of hours will vary depending on the student’s ability to understand and apply concepts), within 30-60 days.

The program model and schedule is designed to expedite students’ progress in accumulating the skills and knowledge they lack to bring them to proficiency or above. Any deviation from the program requirements, such as shortened sessions and frequency irregularities, can impact student success. Therefore, it is highly recommended that any program interruptions be avoided.