The ELC, a small-group tutoring program for struggling readers, saw 97 percent of its students reach grade level after entering the program far below. We wrote the grants for this and built the partnerships to launch it. Based on its success, the District has committed to expanding the program citywide.

“These were students performing far below where they needed to be,” said Nikki Seaberg, English Language Arts coach at Bella Vista Elementary, “and they hadn’t felt engaged or successful.” After just a few sessions, Seaberg saw an inspiring shift in her students’ outlook and outcomes.


“The kids love it,” she says, “and they are showing so much improvement. This program has really piqued their interest in reading and been a big factor in getting them up to grade level. This is what we wanted to see. It’s great to see that it’s not just my experience, but that the program is having success throughout the District, across schools with different demographics. It’s hitting all over the place.”


Our African-American, Asian Pacific American, and Latino Literature Read-Ins bring hundreds of volunteers into Oakland public schools to read aloud with students. Check out our photo narrative from the 1st Annual African-American Literature Read-In.