TENANT SPOTLIGHT: Turn the Page STL
This month, we feature Turn the Page STL, St. Louis’ chapter of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading, established in January 2020. Turn the Page STL (TTPSTL) is a city-county wide literacy initiative dedicated to increasing the number of children that are reading at or above grade level by the end third grade in the St. Louis community. TTPSTL aligns and measures the progress of this work, based on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which includes kindergarten readiness, out-of-school time (summer and afterschool) learning, teacher preparedness, family engagement, and community awareness. This work is viewed through a racial equity lens with the understanding that racial inequity in metropolitan St. Louis’ public education system has contributed to generations of under literate citizens.
Turn the Page STL is not a program, but it is a collaborative of stakeholders dedicated to improving kindergarten readiness, out-of-school time learning, teacher preparedness, family engagement and community awareness, based on their collective impact Strategic Plan.
“In our lowest performing “Promise Zone” school districts, on average, only 20% of third grade students pass the annual English Language Arts standardized state test,” stated Lisa Greening, Project Director for Turn the Page STL. “There is no greater social justice issue than ensuring all children learn how to read proficiently, and this issue must be a priority for our whole St. Louis community.”
As a collaborative, Lisa believes Delmar Divine is an ideal center for the work of TTPSTL. YouthBridge Community Foundation, Turn the Page STL’s fiscal sponsor, currently provides workspace for the agency. At Delmar Divine, TTPSTL will work side by side with stakeholders while bringing the issues of literacy to the table for all organizations, because a St. Louis that reads together will succeed together.