On the first of the month, The Trenton Literacy Movement (TTLM) announced that the 2020/2021 group of elementary school students are set to receive instruction in core reading skills via TTLM’s innovative after-school community sponsored and funded program. Through the generous and multiyear commitment and support for the Trenton Public Schools, TTLM will engage 300 first, second and third grade learners across the city.

“In this COVID-19 era, we know we have to do more and do it better according to the Honorable Doug Palmer, Chairman of TTLM board,” said Edward Bullock, Board president. “The Lexia® Core5® Reading is the perfect partner for The Trenton Literacy Movement and our mission of helping children learn to read so they can read to learn.”

The Lexia® Core5® technology-based literacy program for students of all abilities in grades pre-K-5. It was designed to help substantially reduce students’ risk for reading failure and supports educators in providing differentiated literacy instruction through explicit, systematic, personalized learning in six areas of reading instruction, targeting skill gaps as they emerge and providing teachers with the data and student-specific resources they need for individual or small-group instruction. TTLM will be making use of this program in their free after-school initiative.

According to TTLM, many students are not reading to the appropriate grade level by the time they reach third grade. TTLM has established after-school literacy program to improve student reading skills, in partnership with the Trenton public school and with the support of its donors and funders. This program is conducted virtually servicing students in all 14 Trenton elementary schools.

“Core5 was designed with students of all abilities in PreK-5 in mind, using extensive pedagogical research to guide their literacy education,” said Lexia Chief Learning Officer Dr. Liz Brooke. “What the Trenton Literacy Movement is doing is so important in helping their students develop the critical reading skills they need to become proficient and life-long readers.”