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Mission Statement

Read Better Be Better (RBBB) helps children improve reading skills and become better learners.

Vision: A society in which children master the foundational skills necessary to become independent learners.

Mission: To help children master reading comprehension in three ways:

  1. Improve concentration.
  2. Encourage an active enjoyment of reading.
  3. Help develop a deeper understanding of what is being read


In 2011, 42% of Arizona’s 4 th graders scored below basic reading levels on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. According to the American Educational Research Association, a student who can’t read on grade level by 3 rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19. In order to meet this societal need, Read Better Be Better (RBBB) was founded to help children improve reading skills and become better learners.

RBBB uses trained 8 th grade volunteers (Reading Leaders) to implement a simple but highly structured after-school reading comprehension program for 3rd grade students who have been identified as "at risk" according to the Arizona State Literacy Plan. The 90-minute program takes place twice weekly and is facilitated by a trained Site Leader. The 45-minute lessons require no prior planning: each 8 th grader works one-on-one with a 3 rd grader, modeling and fostering active engagement with a variety of texts. The remaining time is spent on activities designed to improve the cognitive skills associated with reading. These activities, such as board games and memory games, are also facilitated by the 8 th grade "Reading Leaders".

RBBB piloted in Phoenix Elementary School District in January 2015. Based on the proven success of the pilot, demand has grown exponentially in the past six months. Read Better Be Better has committed to serve six schools (In Phoenix, Avondale and Alhambra ESD) in the fall semester of the 2015-16 school year.


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