Welcome to 360 Reads, where we believe that literacy is the foundation for change. We offer multiple paths for reading intervention and support to help students unlock the doors to their full potential. Whether your child is struggling with reading or seeking to deepen their engagement with the world, we have a program that can help.
The Freedom of Literacy
Literacy has been a crucial factor in promoting social, political, and economic freedom throughout history. During the Enlightenment period in Europe, literacy was associated with progress and human rights. In the US, literacy has played a contested role, with activists promoting education as a tool for empowerment and challenging discrimination, such as in the abolitionist and Civil Rights movements. Today, literacy remains a crucial issue for promoting human rights and development in many parts of the world, with organizations advocating for girls’ education in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Overall, literacy has been and continues to be essential in the struggle for freedom and justice.
Literacy as a root of freedom is a deeply personal and professional mission for us. As a parent and educator, I have seen firsthand how literacy can transform a child’s life. Learning to read opens not only academic opportunities but also personal and social ones. It builds confidence, empathy, and creativity.
Reading = Engagement
A simple equation with deep implications. When students learn to read, they also learn to explore, question, and connect with the world around them. They become active and informed citizens who can contribute to their communities and shape their futures. We believe that everyone deserves this opportunity, regardless of their background or abilities.
A Quiet Crisis
With each school year, students who are not reading at grade-level fall further and further behind. Parents understandably assume that schools know what they’re doing. But schools have decided that a certain amount of failure is acceptable, ignored the research, and lowered the standards year by year.
In our nation, approximately 67% of 8th-grade students either cannot read or cannot understand what they read. Non-White and low-income students generally perform at the lowest levels. The pandemic shutdown in 2020 and 2021 compounded the problem. But we believe there is hope.
We cannot afford to continue accepting mediocrity or inequality in education. That’s why we offer EasyRead, a computer-based program that targets multiple areas of reading difficulty and engages learners of all ages and backgrounds. With just 20 minutes of daily practice, students can improve their reading fluency, comprehension, and confidence.
Our school year program provides reading intervention for students who are having difficulty meeting grade-level goals. We come to your home or meet in an agreed-upon location for 4 sessions a week for a quarter, semester, or the duration of the year.
If you prefer a more flexible or affordable option, our discounted access program provides unlimited use of the EasyRead program with professional support and progress monitoring for a year. You can use it at your own pace and convenience, and track your child’s growth over time.
Our summer cultural experience is a unique opportunity for rising 6th to 9th graders from historically disadvantaged populations to reach reading proficiency. With a blend of academic, social-emotional, and workforce development activities, we aim to equip students with the confidence and competence to succeed in school and beyond.
We invite you to join us in the quest for literacy and justice for all.
Let’s change the world, one page at a time.