Nonprofit partners with SCS to offer literacy lessons, official says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — ALLMemphis and Shelby County Schools (SCS) have joined forces to provide high-quality, multisensory foundational literacy lessons to kindergarteners, first-graders and second-graders on C19TV while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALLMemphis will provide three lessons per day, one appropriate for each grade, which will air every Monday through Wednesday, according to a press release.

Kindergarten lessons will air each day at 8 a.m.; first-grade lessons at 9 a.m.; and second-grade lessons at noon.

The televised reading lessons began on March 30 and will continue until schools reopen, according to the press release.

ALLMemphis’ video reading instruction includes oral language, phonological awareness and review of sounds and sight words. Lessons will also review previous knowledge in reading and spelling, introduce new features with corresponding reading and spelling exercises, and then bring everything together with dictated sentences and oral reading.

Each lesson will be 40 to 60 minutes long with work time for the student built in, according to the press release.

ALLMemphis, a nonprofit organization that trains teachers and literacy coaches using its research-based, data-driven approach to reading instruction, had already begun offering its signature literacy lessons online via its Facebook page in response to local school closures.

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