Brooklyn students use hands-on approach to improve literacy

The Structured Literacy Schools Pilot Program aims to give students more interactive experiences while learning basic phonetic skills.

News 12 Staff

Mar 9, 2023, 1:33 PM

Updated 446 days ago


Students at two Brooklyn schools are now using a more interactive approach to improve reading and writing.  
A $100,000 grant from the city’s Department of Education and Assemblymember Robert Carroll went to P.S. 107 and another Brooklyn school to expand the Structured Literacy Schools Pilot Program.  
“My co-teacher and I have seen a large improvement in our student’s reading abilities, their spelling abilities, and also their writing abilities,” said Kerri Pramberger, a teacher at P.S. 107.  
Students use a variety of tactics and tools, such as sandboxes to give students the tactile feeling of drawing the letter, cup images that serve as checklists for students’ sentence structuring and more.  
The DOE says that all of the school’s educators will be trained to teach in this program, and the grant looks to train the teachers in identifying reading and writing struggles a student might have so they can receive further support.

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