Dramatically increasing literacy and education equity throughout our Memphis community



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1 out of 5
3rd-5th grade students are 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



Ensuring educational equity by quipping schools with a data-driven, researched-based language and literacy approach


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. Additionally, we serve individual students with one-on-one remediation.

 

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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By 2020, we plan to impact


100
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

Teachers will receive 40 hours of training by ALLMemphis and will be supported yearlong by trained coaches.

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Trained Coaches

Coaches will receive 40 hours of training by ALLMemphis and will be supported by our yearlong mentorship.

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

Our partner school model begins with training K-2 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.


ALLMemphis Partner Schools


Current Schools:
Believe Memphis Academy, Memphis Merit Academy,  Power Center Academy Elementary School—Hickory Hill, Promise Academy—Hollywood, Shelby County Schools
(Chimneyrock Elementary, Dexter Elementary, Gardenview Elementary, Lucy Elementary, Sea Isle Elementary, Snowden School, & Vollentine Elementary)

Alumni Schools:
 KIPP: Memphis Academy Elementary, KIPP: Memphis Collegiate Elementary, KIPP: Memphis Preparatory Elementary, Memphis Delta Preparatory Charter School

Testimonials


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.

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.

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MEGAN WEINSTEIN

Director of Evaluation

Fueled by a dedication to equity, collaboration, and results, Megan has worked to produce data-informed insights to improve the impact of organizations and the quality of human lives. As the Director of Evaluation at ALLMemphis, Megan is driving the organization’s strategy for data collection, evaluation, and actionability and is building strategic data partnerships. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University as well as a Master of Social Science from the Global Studies Programme, awarded as a joint degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa; the University of Freiburg, Germany; and the Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Additionally, she is a proud alumnus of the Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship, mentor with the Grizzlies TEAM UP, and Advisory Board Member for Facing History and Ourselves.

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CaRL SCHNEIDER

Director of School Support 

Carl Schneider moved to Memphis in 2013 to join Teach for America as a corps member. Carl taught for four years in Frayser and has experience teaching special education, general education, gifted education, and serving multiple schools at the Network level. Carl also served as a Cultural Competence Coach with Teach for America, developing cultural competency and a social justice orientation for new teachers. Carl has designed and disseminated trainings addressing identity, power, and privilege for a variety of nonprofits in Memphis. After leaving the classroom, Carl engaged parents, educators, and advocates to meaningfully fight for educational justice across Memphis as the Community Organizer at Stand for Children. Now, Carl works as a Program Support Specialist at ALLMemphis, connecting schools with an evidence-based language approach in order to promote education equity through literacy.

Contact Carl



Clifford Stockton

Senior Program Specialist: Partner Schools & Community Engagement

Clifford Stockton brings with his passion for education, student support, and educator development to our team as the School Partner Specialist at ALLMemphis. In this role, Clifford is working directly with teachers and school leaders to provide data-driven literacy results through our partnership. Clifford also working to provide programs, curriculum and coaching support. ALLMemphis seeks to increase the number of high-quality educational options for kids in Memphis by supporting researched based programs and structures that lead to the best educational outcomes for children as it relates to Multi-Sensory Phonics Instruction. In addition to his public speaking schedule, Mr. Stockton is a consultant on issues concerning school reform, school culture, school administration, and education equity. He also served on Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’s Transition Education Commission Taskforce.

Contact Clifford



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. She enjoys working with students and giving them access to the educational tools needed to build upon their foundation for academic success.

Contact Deidra



Nikeesha Kelley

Program Specialist

Nikeesha Kelley is an accomplished teacher with nine years of experience implementing learning strategies in the classroom. She thrives on challenging educators’ thoughts about the possibilities in the world of teaching and learning. As a Program Specialist, she is interested in building relationships while providing a literacy-rich curriculum in order to promote educational equity in the classroom.

Contact Nikeesha

NEWS

ALLMemphis around the 901

Memphis Delta Preparatory charter school is one of four schools working with ALLMemphis to develop stronger literacy curriculum.
A new Memphis nonprofit sees training teachers in dyslexia therapy as key to closing literacy gap for all
At KIPP Memphis Preparatory Elementary, teacher Nova Moss leads kindergarten students through foundational words and sounds. They use their fingers to spell the words in the air. (Cole Bradley)

At KIPP Memphis Preparatory Elementary, teacher Nova Moss leads kindergarten students through foundational words and sounds. They use their fingers to spell the words in the air.

Girl with brain
Costly failures come with lesson: Reading success begins at birth
Executive Director Krista Johnson talks with Amy Speropoulos on Local Memphis Live
Executive Director Krista Johnson talks with Amy Speropoulos on Local Memphis Live
ALLMemphis Executive Director Krista Johnson discusses the importance of literacy on “Live at 9”
ALLMemphis Executive Director Krista Johnson discusses the importance of literacy on “Live at 9”

Board of Directors


Jennifer Hagerman

Burch, Porter & Johnson


William
Franklin

First Tennessee Bank


Cindy
Shainberg

Shainberg Strategies


Luther
Mercer

Whole Child Strategies, Inc.



Contact

ALLMemphis
1350 Concourse Avenue
Suite 434
Memphis, TN 38104
901-302-9139

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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