Equity in Literacy is a virtual, moderated community forum that will focus on the current literacy crisis for Oregon’s learners (less than 50% of all learners and only 26% of Black learners are being taught to achieve proficiency by 4th grade. Oregon Statewide Annual Report Card; page 47) The purpose of this forum is to give voice to current and past Portland State University (PSU) students and concerned community members to discuss PSU’s alignment of their teacher preparation with best practices in reading instruction.
We believe that literacy is a civil right. We believe that all people have the right to be taught to read and that there are devastating financial, social, emotional and societal issues when literacy is not achieved. As a community, we believe we must do better for Oregon’s children and we invite you to be part of this conversation to identify obstacles and make suggestions to reduce barriers and improve accountability.
Thank you for your engagement on this critical issue.