The Genesis Summer Reading Academy strives to neutralize the toxic impact poverty has on the ability of local children to fulfill their academic potential. By prioritizing instruction that will allow Genesis students to meet and exceed key grade-level reading benchmarks, the Genesis program uplifts its students through the tools of empowerment and hope in a safe, stable, and nurturing learning environment.
READING CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
The Genesis Summer Reading Academy incorporates the principles of the Read Well curriculum. This curriculum has been selected specifically for Genesis by Professor Gina Biancarosa and Professor Beth Harn of the University of Oregon's College of Education. Genesis students are placed into an appropriate reading-level class for the summer. Each class is taught by a licensed teacher who is assisted by a graduate intern and supported with Marist student volunteers, providing Genesis students with professional instruction and abundant opportunities for individual reading interaction. The Genesis school day also incorporates creative learning blocks that provide students with diverse experiences that enhance healthy academic and social-emotional development.