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Dramatically increasing literacy and education equity throughout our Memphis community



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1 out of 5
3rd-5th grade students is reading on grade level in Memphis.


We’re here to change that.

Memphis public schools are experiencing a literacy crisis with troubling implications for the social, cultural, and economic development of the city. Research demonstrates a clear and troubling link between the toxic stresses of poverty and reading ability. Therefore, to address this crisis, ALLMemphis empowers teachers and literacy coaches in our community with the skills necessary to meet the unique learning needs of our youth.

Our method helps all, hurts none, and transforms some.




Our Mission



Fostering opportunities for historically excluded students to access literacy, and the freedoms it provides, by empowering teachers with training and mentorship in foundational reading


ALLMemphis’ core initiative is to train teachers and literacy coaches in the methods of Orton-GIllingham — a multi-sensory approach to literacy instruction that has historically been limited to dyslexia therapy and communities of affluence — and then provide a multi-year mentorship to support the implementation of the approach in charter and public schools.

 

Our Approach

We’re taking on the previously exclusive Orton-Gillingham approach, adapting it to the realities of the Memphis Title I schools, and making it accessible to ALL Memphis learners.

Orton-Gillingham (O-G) is a multisensory approach to reading that has historically been limited to communities of affluence or dyslexia therapy. It has a universal design, meaning it supports ALL students. While dyslexic children and other atypical learners need this intervention, O-G is also applicable for typical learners who are learning to read. By collecting on-going weekly data, we ensure the continuous improvement of growth in student reading.


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Since 2017, we have impacted


500
Students

All students will have received Orton-Gillingham instruction from our trained teachers and will be monitored for progress.

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Trained Teachers

Throughout the year, teachers will receive 40 hours of training by ALLMemphis and will be supported yearlong by coaches and ALLMemphis Program Specialists.

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School Partners

Local schools that have or are currently benefitting from the ALLMemphis curriculum and mentorship approach.

Services

ALLMemphis equips teachers and literacy coaches in partner schools with Orton-Gillingham training, then provides a multi-year in-school mentorship to support the implementation of the approach. Additionally, we support students through individual remediation during the school year and summer.


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Training

We train all teachers working with students to increase their foundational literacy skills. Our partner school model begins with training teachers and literacy coaches in the theory and practice of the Orton-Gillingham method. This 40-hour, week-long summer training is the foundation for the ALLMemphis multi-year mentorship.


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Mentorship

Over a three-year period, ALLMemphis works with partner schools to ensure the theory and practice learned in training is implemented with integrity. During this time, ALLMemphis collects weekly data to assess student growth and provide recommendations for on-going student support.


Learn about mentorship openings and opportunities at your school.


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Flexible Curriculum

ALLMemphis’ curriculum can be used as a Tier I whole-group curriculum or as an intervention to serve the most struggling students.

Partner Schools



Current Schools

Journey Community Schools 

Coleman School

East Academy

Hanley School

Promise Academy - Hollywood

Promise Academy - Spring Hill

Shelby County Schools 

Lucie E. Campbell Elementary

Sherwood Elementary

Vollentine Elementary

Alumni Schools

Believe Memphis Academy

Shelby County Schools 

Bruce Elementary

Chimneyrock Elementary

Dexter Elementary

Gardenview Elementary

Lucy Elementary

Sea Isle Elementary

Snowden School

Memphis Merit Academy

Power Center Academy Elementary School - Hickory Hill

KIPP: Memphis Academy Elementary 

KIPP: Memphis Collegiate Elementary 

KIPP: Memphis Preparatory Elementary

Memphis Delta Preparatory Charter School

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Our Story

In 2010, founder Dr. Krista Johnson arrived in Memphis with a vision of community-wide literacy. Quickly, she recognized the great inequity in access to language and literacy and the need for a remediation system focused on Title 1 public schools. With the combined talent of Krista’s expertise in the clinical world of dyslexia remediation and her team’s experience of how to make the Orton-Gillingham (OG) method effective for ALL students in the classroom, they developed a way to bring multi-sensory language programs into the public school setting and break down the barriers of elitism that have plagued this approach for so long.  The result: ALLMemphis was born in the summer of 2017 and is now serving over a thousand students community wide.


Our Story



In 2010, founder Dr. Krista Johnson arrived in Memphis with a vision of community-wide literacy.

Quickly, she recognized the great inequity in access to language and literacy and the need for a remediation system focused on Title 1 public schools. With the combined talent of Krista’s expertise in the clinical world of dyslexia remediation and her team’s experience of how to make the Orton-Gillingham (OG) method effective for ALL students in the classroom, they developed a way to bring multi-sensory language programs into the public school setting and break down the barriers of elitism that have plagued this approach for so long.  The result: ALLMemphis was born in the summer of 2017 and is now serving over a thousand students community wide.

 

Meet ALLMemphis


KRISTA JOHNSON

Executive Director + Founder

Dr. Krista L. Johnson has spent the past decade bridging her experience in theory and research to the clinical world of dyslexia remediation. She currently serves as the Executive Director of ALLMemphis, where she is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of ALLMemphis. Prior to this position, Johnson was the Director at the Erika Center at Bodine School where she served students in both independent and public-school settings through individual reading remediation or teacher mentorship. Johnson received her doctorate from Northwestern University in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with an emphasis in auditory neuroscience. Additionally, she holds a Master of Arts in Audiology and Hearing Science, a Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities, and has completed a certificate in cognitive science. She is also an Associate Level member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner through the International Dyslexia Association, and is a Certified Master Trainer in the Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham Approach.

Contact Krista



KRISTI BAKER-PATTERSON

Director of Curriculum + Instruction

Dr. Kristi Baker-Patterson is an experienced educator whose career has focused on improving academic and behavioral outcomes for all students, especially those from vulnerable populations. Kristi earned her PhD in Education from Southern Methodist University while also earning a Master’s in Special Education. Her doctoral research focused on literacy development and academic and behavioral interventions that address the over-classification of minority students in special education. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Kristi was the Special Education Coordinator for an urban charter district in Dallas, TX. In her role, she coached teachers and worked to implement systems around special education, 504, and RTI to ensure that all schools within the district had the resources needed to serve their growing populations of students with disabilities. Additionally, she has taught a broad spectrum of students from a variety of backgrounds in elementary through high school. She is excited to join the ALLMemphis team and is passionate about ensuring that all students have access to high-quality instruction.

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HALEY MATHEWS

External Relations Manager

Haley serves as the External Relations Manager at ALLMemphis, where she coordinates partnerships, supports sustainability efforts, manages internal projects, and advocates for equitable funding for education. Haley moved to Memphis in 2016 to join Teach for America. She taught third grade reading and language arts for four years in North Memphis, Hickory Hill, and Raleigh. As a teacher, Haley saw the glaring need for a literacy curriculum that equips growing readers with critical skills and strategies through direct instruction. Beyond the classroom, Haley has worked as a policy intern for the Committee on the Judiciary in the U.S. House of Representatives and as an Urban Leaders Fellow for former Dallas ISD school board member Miguel Solis. Most recently, she completed an Impact Fellowship with Education Pioneers. She holds a B.A. from Texas A&M University in Political Science. Haley is passionate about ensuring educational equity for students from historically marginalized backgrounds, and she sees ALLMemphis as a vital part of that endeavor.

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LULU ABDUN

Data + Technology Specialist

Working at the intersection of technology and social change, Lulu is dedicated to finding data-driven solutions to improve education and our world. As the Data and Technology Specialist at ALLMemphis, Lulu oversees ALLMemphis’ evaluation framework and process. She drives continuous improvement with a focus on the use of technology to enhance, streamline, and innovate new ways of supporting ALLMemphis’ core programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University (OH). Additionally, she has taught robotics and mobile app development in Shelby County Schools as well as created and managed several websites for nonprofits and other entities. She is an alumnus of the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship and graduate of Tech901 and LaunchCode. Committed to educational equity, Lulu is proud to be a part of a team that is grounded in research and focused on building a fully literate community.

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HILLARIE PETTIETTE

Program Specialist Manager

After recognizing her passion for early literacy and instruction during her years as a teacher and school administrator, Hillarie joined the ALLMemphis team as a Program Specialist Manager. Hillarie moved to Memphis in 2015 to join the Memphis Teacher Residency program and earned a Masters of Urban Education from Union University. Additionally, Hillarie earned her Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. Prior to this position, Hillarie both taught and coached the ALLMemphis curriculum, which has allowed her to gracefully step into her role where she is supporting teacher development through data-informed and research-based strategies in an effort to provide equitable educational opportunities for all students. Hillarie seeks to support schools and teachers through relationship building, regular coaching, and data analysis that promotes best practices.

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Deidra Hawkins

Program Specialist

Deidra’s dedication to educating youth, building relationships, and closing achievement gaps are evident in her role as a Program Specialist. Deidra is a 2016 TFA Corps Member and taught Special Education with the Shelby County Schools District. She enjoys working with students and giving them access to the educational tools needed to build upon their foundation for academic success. Having a heart for the youth, Deidra is very active in her local community working with organizations to provide them with experiences and exposure. In her spare time, you can find Deidra planning events for young ladies throughout the city of Memphis, helping them to realize they are born to be MADE. With these events, Deidra’s goal is to provide youth with captured memories that may not ever be reproduced but generate a new perspective on life. Deidra has her Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Digital Media Management.

Contact Deidra



Elizabeth Collins

Program Specialist

Elizabeth moved to Memphis in 2011 to attend Rhodes College. While at Rhodes, Elizabeth volunteered and tutored in local schools and developed a passion for equitable education in Memphis. Elizabeth earned her B.A. in psychology in 2015. Following her time at Rhodes, Elizabeth joined the Memphis Teacher Residency and earned a Masters of Urban Education from Union University. In addition to her M.UEd., Elizabeth also has her Ed.S in Reading from Arkansas State University. Elizabeth holds Tennessee teaching endorsements in Elementary Education K-6, SPED Comprehensive K-12, and Reading Specialist PreK-12. Prior to joining ALLMemphis, Elizabeth served as a lead kindergarten teacher and teacher mentor in the Frayser neighborhood of Memphis. As a program specialist, Elizabeth is excited to partner with teachers so that they are equipped with the necessary tools to support their students.

Contact Elizabeth



Kilikakina McCauslin

Program Specialist

Kilikakina McCauslin has been developing her passion for educational equity since High School while enrolled in an early childhood preschool program for three years. After High School she attended Holyoke Community College earning her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education beginning to teach directly, making an impact in her first Preschool classroom. Kilikakina also attended Westfield State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology. During this time Kilikakina transitioned into working in the Special Education field aiding as a Paraprofessional in a Easthampton Public School. Kilikakina moved to Memphis in 2017 to join TFA. Here she taught an additional four years in the classroom as a Kindergarten phonics teacher and then as a lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher in both Whitehaven and North Memphis. Beyond the classroom Kilikakina saw the need for better policy and reform in education, accepting a Policy and Advocacy Fellowship in 2018 working for The Memphis Lift. Here she attended many traveling conferences, meeting educators and policy holders across the country, and organizing and creating policy documents. As a Program Specialist at ALLMemphis Kilikakina is now using her passion for multisensory and equitable education, to further move both teachers and their students towards the change we need now in best practice literacy instruction.

Contact Kilikakina



Ravynn Hughes

Program Specialist

Ravynn Hughes’s educational philosophy is that all children can and will learn when equipped with the proper tools for success. She believes in providing equitable educational opportunities in an effort to educate the whole child. Ravynn has over 11 years of classroom experience as a special education teacher, lead teacher, and mentor. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education (K-12) from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master’s of Education degree in Special Education (K-6) from the University of West Alabama, and an Education Specialist degree in Special Education Leadership from Walden University. Ravynn previously taught the ALLMemphis curriculum before joining the ALLMemphis team as a Program Specialist. She was able to see firsthand how the curriculum provided a powerful impact on students who struggled with foundational literacy skills. She has a deep passion for supporting students and teachers and is an advocate at heart. As a Program Specialist, Ravynn aspires to cultivate learning and growth amongst teachers to promote positive student outcomes in the area of literacy across the city of Memphis.

Contact Ravynn


NEWS

ALLMemphis around the 901

Memphis schools already have one tool to deal with learning loss. What’s missing is funding.

Chalkbeat TN - December 23, 2020

The pandemic has driven the national education conversation to focus on getting kids back in schools and attempting to repair the widening gaps in students’ educations. As a former third grade teacher in Memphis, I’ve been thinking about how schools are going to handle this enormous task of addressing the academic challenges created by the pandemic.


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Race, wealth, and literacy in Memphis: Why third grade matters

 

High Ground News- April 29, 2020

Failures in our big social institutions, like education, are often referred to as “the cracks.” In Memphis, a closer look at recent data on childhood literacy show more than cracks.

Memphis has chasms.


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ALLMemphis and SCS Provide Televised Literacy Lessons

 

Memphis Parent - April 17, 2020

Due to school closures from COVID-19, parents may be presented with new struggles concerning providing reading and writing lessons to their children with learning disabilities. ALLMemphis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to dramatically increasing literacy and education equity throughout the Memphis community, understands this issue and has partnered with Shelby County Schools to provide televised high-quality multisensory foundational literacy lessons to kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders on C19TV.


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Nonprofit partners with SCS to offer literacy lessons, official says

 

FOX13 - April 6, 2020

ALLMemphis and Shelby County Schools (SCS) have joined forces to provide high-quality, multisensory foundational literacy lessons to kindergarteners, first-graders and second-graders on C19TV while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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ALLMemphis teams with SCS on Special Education Reading Services

 

TriState Defender - November 28, 2019

ALLMemphis has partnered with Shelby County Schools (SCS) to apply its research-based, data-driven approach to reading instruction at seven elementary schools.

The nonprofit agency has trained 14 special education teachers in the ALLMemphis instruction model so that they can help their students learn phonics and word recognition and ultimately read at grade level.


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Executive Director Krista Johnson talks with Amy Speropoulos on Local Memphis Live


 

Local ABC 24 - August 1, 2019

 

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ALLMemphis Executive Director Krista Johnson discusses the importance of literacy on “Live at 9”


 

WREG News Channel 3 - July 31, 2019

We all know just how important learning to read is and yet so many kids here in the Mid-South have fallen behind. All Memphis is a non-profit dedicating to fighting that while continuing to train teachers and more.


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Costly failures come with lesson: Reading success begins at birth


 

Daily Memphian - May 17, 2019

A decade ago, the Obama administration and the Gates Foundation upped the ante on national public education reform.

Memphis and Tennessee went all in.

The state adopted Common Core standards, established the takeover Achievement School District, launched a Charter School Growth Fund and overhauled the way it measures the performance of schools and teachers.


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On The Ground Podcast: If Memphis literacy rates are low, do kids need to be taught differently?


 

High Ground News - February 8, 2019

In S1E7 on the On The Ground podcast, Dr. Krista Johnson, the executive director of ALLMemphis, answers if children in poverty and other adverse circumstances learn differently and how Memphis schools can adapt to meet their literacy needs.


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A new Memphis nonprofit sees training teachers in dyslexia therapy as key to closing literacy gap for all


 

Chalkbeat TN - December 14, 2017

A new nonprofit organization says educators must be better trained to recognize and teach students with learning disorders like dyslexia if they are to raise reading proficiency throughout Memphis.


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Board of Directors


Jennifer Hagerman

Burch, Porter & Johnson
Board Chair


William Franklin

Path Company, LLC
Treasurer


Cindy Shainberg

Shainberg Strategies
Secretary


Cynthia Burnett

Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal School


Carl Schneider

Chicago Public Schools


Sally Badoud

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center



Damon Davis

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center


 

Contact

ALLMemphis
1350 Concourse Avenue
Suite 434
Memphis, TN 38104
901-302-9139
901-490-8668 (c)

Executive Director:
Krista Johnson, Ph.D.

kjohnson@ALLMemphis.org


Contact


ALLMemphis
1350 Concourse Avenue
Suite 434
Memphis, TN 38104
901-260-9669

Executive Director:
Krista Johnson, Ph.D.

kjohnson@ALLMemphis.org


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