The Reading by Third initiative is a partnership between Trident United Way and the four local school districts that will provide innovative teacher training, which is conducted by the University of Florida Lastinger Center in an effort to raise rates of reading proficiency among early readers.
Approximately 246 educators, including 70 from Charleston County School District and 176 from Berkeley County School District, Dorchester School District 2 and Dorchester School District 4, attended training with instructors from the Lastinger Center over the summer and will be employing new instructional models throughout the 2017-2018 school year.
Reading at grade level by the end of third grade is a leading indicator of high school graduation and later academic success. In 2016, only 52% of third graders in the tri-county region were reading at grade level by the end of the school year, according to TCCC’s most recent education report.
Trident United Way will provide funding for up to $1.5 million over the next three years to implement the program in the tri-county region.