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Reading Roadmap In The News

How the Reading Roadmap addresses poverty: Danielle Norwood Program, WIBW Radio, Topeka, Feb. 28, 2019

Reading Roadmap Director Andrew Hysell discusses how the program not only addresses generational poverty through improving literacy proficiency, but it also provides immediate needs to families, including child care and healthy meals and snacks.

What is the Reading Roadmap?: Danielle Norwood Program, WIBW Radio, Topeka, Feb. 28, 2019

Reading Roadmap Director Andrew Hysell visits with radio personality Danielle Norwood about how the afterschool, summer and family engagement programs are helping Kansas families.

Building Better Readers Through Fun and Phonics: Walton Family Foundation, Feb. 19, 2019

In the Mississippi Delta, an innovative after-school program puts struggling readers on a path to literacy.

Bentley students explain reading program to lawmakers: Harvey County Independent, Feb. 7, 2019

A group of students from Bentley Primary School got to turn the tables last week and be the teachers for once - and to a very important audience.

Afterschool programs key for early reading proficiency: Topeka Capital-Journal, Jan. 2, 2019

Afterschool programs are an untapped resource for increasing early reading proficiency. Research and practice show that afterschool programs can do much more to help children develop literacy skills. 

Grant brings new reading program to St. Francis Elementary School: Hays Post, Dec. 16, 2018

A new program helping students read at grade level, a prospect with life-changing benefits, is coming to St. Francis, Kansas. Supt. Robert Schiltz announced that St. Francis Elementary School has been awarded a grant for the 2018-2019 school year to take part in KRR), a program already underway in 63 sites across the state.

Reading Roadmap afterschool tutoring model increases student test scores: KAKE TV News, Dec. 14, 2018

New research demonstrates that the Kansas Reading Roadmap is a promising model for how schools and nonprofits can leverage afterschool programs to improve students’ early reading proficiency. 

Grant brings new reading program to three Lawrence elementary schools: WIBW Radio, Dec. 14, 2018

Kansas Department for Children and Families Sec. Gina Meier-Hummel announced Thursday that a new reading program is coming to Lawrence.

DCF Secretary to give Lawrence school district $262K grant for reading program: Lawrence Journal-World, Dec. 11, 2018

The Lawrence School District has learned it will receive a grant from the Kansas Department for Children and Families to fund the district’s participation in the KRR Lawrence Superintendent Anthony Lewis said at Monday’s school board meeting.

Program focuses on literacy, building bonds with families: Marysville Advocate, Nov. 1, 2018

Waterville Elementary School was a hub of storytelling and giggles as parents and students convened for a Halloween party Oct. 24.

Reading Roadmap Announcements and Releases

Kansas State Board of Education Members and Candidates Polled on Early Literacy Issues: Oct. 12, 2018

The Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR), serving as the statewide partner of the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading, announced today the responses of policy makers to a questionnaire on education issues.

The Early Literacy Roundtable, a collection of organizations committed to helping children in Kansas achieve grade-level reading and which includes KRR, released on Wednesday the results of a questionnaire in which candidates for the State Board of Education responded to questions about early education. 

KRR honored with Storytime Village’s Literacy Legacy Award: Sept. 8, 2018

The Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) was celebrated by partners in early literacy for its work helping K-3 students across Kansas achieve grade-level reading skills.

Four elementary schools honored for K-3 reading results: Aug. 3, 2018

Four Kansas elementary schools were celebrated at a ceremony attended by Gov. Jeff Colyer last week for reaching a significant benchmark in reading despite high poverty.

Staff from the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) programs at elementary schools in Chetopa, Concordia Neosho Rapids and West Bourbon were honored for achieving 80 percent of K-3 students reading at or above grade level, a goal for KRR programs set forth by the Technical Assistance Systems Network (TASN).


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback discusses the impact of the Reading Roadmap