Updated Jul 06, 2018

WordScientists.org

FREE MOBILE RESOURCES TO TEACH EARLY READING

Thousands of schools can't afford the early reading programs needed to teach children to read. WordScientists.org is a free reading program for resourced-limited schools.

https://www.wordscientists.org/
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Jacob Bronstein

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Snapshot

Stage 3: Proof of Concept

We have a working prototype that is showing excellent results in pilot schools. We need funding to finish development and scale up to thousands of schools.

Focus Areas:

Curriculum, Technology and Literacy

Curriculum, Technology and LiteracySEE LESS

Implemented In:

Ecuador, India, Lebanon and 3 MoreSEE MORE

Ecuador, India, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan and United StatesSEE LESS

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Countries Implemented In
5,000
Customers
3
Employee
$150,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

There are thousands of schools around the world, that need an early reading program, but are unable to afford it. There are more students around the world attending school than ever before. However, many aren’t learning to read because:

1. Teachers lack adequate training: Pedagogy is not emphasized to teach young children how to read.

2. Schools Lack Books & Lesson Guides: Under-resourced schools around the world cannot afford appropriate reading materials .

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Solution

A SCALABLE MODEL FOR INCREASING LITERACY

WordScientists.org uses online software and downloadable apps as a central place for teachers to learn how to teach early literacy, along with accompanying research-based materials that can be used in their classroom. For no cost, any school, teacher, or parent with or without access to the internet can download, print, view, and utilize teaching resources, lesson guides, and tutorials.

Target Beneficiaries

Teachers and students in resource-limited settings where their school cannot afford or gain access to quality classroom resources.

617 million children are unable to read a single word after having been in school for up to four years which increases the probability of school drop out. Reading success or failure has drastic consequences at the level of the economy of a country with large numbers of its population unable to read.

Mission and Vision

To ensure all children's right to learn to read by providing educators with the means to teach early literacy.

Innovation Description

FREE LITERACY RESOURCES FOR BEGINNING READERS AND THEIR TEACHERS

WordScientists.org uses online software and downloadable apps as a central place for teachers to learn how to teach early literacy, along with accompanying research-based materials that can be used in their classroom. For no cost, any school, teacher, or parent with or without access to the internet can download, print, view, and utilize teaching resources, lesson guides, and tutorials.

KEY FEATURES

-Professional development that is free, interactive, and self-paced.

-Available online and offline.

-Sensitive to adult learner needs.

-Attuned to the needs of second-language learners.

-Provides research-based methods for fostering literacy development in the early grades.

-Curriculum develops metacognitive & critical thinking skills to meet the needs of early elementary 21st century learners.

-Analytics give feedback to teachers in how to address the varied needs of students. WordScientists.org personalizes and adapts for teaching to all students, especially people with disabilities, and learners living in areas disrupted by crises or in low-income settings.

-Scalable to thousands of schools by leveraging digital distribution methods to be a long-term professional development source for early reading instruction.

Competitive Advantage

RESOURCED-LIMITED SCHOOLS HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE TO WordScientists.org

COMMERCIAL READNG PROGRAMS

Many schools cannot afford the $20,000 - $50,000 annual fees that commercial reading programs cost. This is particularly relevant in schools whose students come from families making less than $2ppp and USA schools who have had their budgets slashed.


FREE RESOURCES ARE NOT CURRICULA

Free, Internet-based, open-source book repositories like, the Bloom Book Library and Pratham Books have the potential of vastly increasing the amount of reading materials available to children and teachers in local and international languages. Yet children may never gain the full benefit of these resources without additional steps, particularly teacher training, in how to use the material as an integrated part of literacy instruction.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We have a working prototype, that is showing excellent results. We need funding to finish development and scale up to thousands of schools.
Funding Goal250,000

Milestones

Mar 2018
Date Unknown
New Country
Ecuador, India, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan and United States