Reading Allowed is the recipient of a $61,895 grant from the William Penn Foundation

The award will support Wilson Reading System®/Science of Reading training for 15 individuals. 

 PHILADELPHIA- Reading Allowed received a grant of $61,895 from the William Penn Foundation to expand and diversify its pool of highly skilled tutors that provide high-quality tutoring services to students in Philadelphia regardless of financial circumstances. 

The funding from the William Penn Foundation will support Wilson Reading System®/Science of Reading Scholarships for 15 adult applicants, which will cover enrollment in Wilson Reading System® courses as well as certification and a $1,600 stipend. In addition, participants will be enrolled in AIM Institute’s First Step Modules (Overview of the Science of Reading, Phonological Awareness and Decoding and Spelling Modules). All coursework will commence in the summer of 2022 and will be completed in June 2023.

In addition to holding a Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field, successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to serving students from underserved communities in Philadelphia as well as a passion for learning about the science of reading and bringing best practices to their reading instruction. Interested applicants can apply for the Wilson Reading System®/Science of Reading Scholarship here. 

Virtual Information Sessions will be held on Thursday, April 14th at 6:00pm and Thursday, April 28th at 6:00 pm.

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“Reading Allowed is working to build a highly qualified and diverse group of tutors that represent the city we serve and we are delighted to announce our Wilson Reading System®/Science of Reading Scholarships,” said Angela Marks, Reading Allowed Founder and Executive Director. “I founded Reading Allowed to ensure all students in Philadelphia could receive structured literacy tutoring services regardless of financial circumstances, and a large component in attracting families is ensuring that our tutors and students share identities. We are grateful to the William Penn Foundation for the opportunity to further our mission in enabling us to offer this training.”

About Reading Allowed

Reading Allowed is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides high quality structured literacy tutoring regardless of financial circumstances. 

Reading Allowed believes that every struggling reader deserves the highest quality structured literacy instruction regardless of financial circumstances. Instruction is delivered by caring and compassionate tutors who have been rigorously trained and certified in the most effective methods of structured literacy practices based on scientific research. Our hope is that all struggling readers become lifelong and joyous readers and writers.

About the William Penn Foundation

The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. 

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