Ensuring ALL students attain a level of literacy that allows them to reach their fullest potential.

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Ensuring ALL students attain a level of literacy that allows them to reach their fullest potential.

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Ensuring ALL students in the city of Memphis attain a level of literacy that allows them to reach their fullest potential.

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

We're here to change that.

Access to educational opportunities and literacy in the U.S. remains overwhelmingly defined by ZIP code, race, and socioeconomics. ALLMemphis has an unwavering commitment to dramatically increasing literacy and education equity in Memphis through our direct, structured and personalized training for local teachers and literacy coaches, as well as providing our school partners with our curriculum. By doing this, we aim to increase student retention in future grades; improve graduation rates and college readiness; and, ultimately, advance the social, cultural and economic development of our city.

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

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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 Values

We focus on relationships and belongingness, assume the best in all intentions, and believe in the importance of all our stakeholders.

We recognize the impact of systemic inequities that have plagued education and believe that every student deserves, and should receive, access to high-quality literacy instruction.

We are deeply invested in Memphians and recognize that we must work in community to make systemic change that affects our schools, students, and families.

We recognize reading is a civil rights issue. We relentlessly invest resources, time, and talent to accelerate the freedoms afforded by literacy.

We are solutions-oriented, emphasize personal growth and learning, and practice continuous improvement to produce the highest possible impact.

We believe in the immense power of teamwork and shared goals, so we work in unison to multiply our organizational contributions.

We actively pursue professional growth opportunities and intentionally apply current research to set the standard for the highest quality programming because we understand our influence on education in our community.


Our Approach

Knowing that the Orton-Gillingham approach ​​has historically been exclusively used in communities of affluence, we adapted it to the realities of Memphis’ Title I schools, making it accessible to ALL learners.

While it’s true that atypical learners may need specific accommodations and special interventions that an approach like O-G can provide, ALLMemphis believes that this approach can be applicable to anyone learning to read – no matter their age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. O-G has a universal design, meaning it supports ALL students. By collecting ongoing weekly data, we ensure the continuous improvement of growth in student reading.

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