Contact Us Take The Pledge      
Transforming a Generation: 90% Literacy by Third Grade
Join the others who have taken the pledge:
yaquelin andrade, Christina Lindgren, Andrea Cosner, Nichole Harris, Nancy Sparkman, Courtney Mellin, Cathy Durrett-Filusch, Nancy Prizito, Sandra Daniel, Tammy Eriksen, Elizabeth Stenger, valerie conway, carrie fernandez, Amy Speak, Jamie Stalter, Susan Rosier, Lisa Barnum, Angela Jawhar, Mark Farrell, Dee Hollenbeck, Katrena McMahan, buzz wurzer, Sue Sharpe, Helene Caseltine, East Coast Earthworks & Excavating, Rhonda McGilberry, Mardy Fish Children's Foundation, Katie Collier, Kim Klaus, Christopher Cummings, Rebecca Turner, Gabrielle Wagner, jacki decaro, Diane Mahan, Kimberly Robideau, Maureen Nicolace, Ashley Farruggio, Kelli Mejia, Jill Truax, mary kannapes, Vero Equine Riding Academy , Indian River County Chamber of, Tessa House, Lesley Lane, Christina Lindgren, Yasmin Medina, Arlene Kahn, Laura Zorc, JIM BATORY, Deirdre Creech, Erica Thomas, Debra Schroeder, jennifer jackson, ann prince, Annie Brown, test test, tommy collettit, Juelie Perry, Ronda Weaver, Natalie Arbuckle, FELLSMERE ELEMENTARY, Lisa Guillette, Dorie Shemo, Emme Scheible, GEORGE JETT, Fidelity Investments, Katherine Wolf, shelby dorris, Debra Barnesd, Lillian Marsiglia, Lorri Dior, Bent Pine Golf Club, Pamela Miller, Tirso Moreno, Elizabeth Pinkney, briana carter, Tabitha Johnston, donna palmquist, Dr. Connie Proskovec, Literacy Services, Whole Child Indian River, Kim Brady, Dorie Shemo, Therese Victoria, audrey colonna, Sherrie Hale, Nicolas ospina de la hoz, Mike Gaudio, Mary Kramek, Brittany Lindsey, Cindi Ellis, Phoebe Beacham, Mari Seg, Fidelity Investments, Fellsmere Police Department FPD, Devi Maharajh, renee fraker, Alaina McCloud, -1' 1, Teri Barenborg, Mary Anne Sitkowski, Cathryn Miquelon, Tiffany Carlsen, Christy Baer, tommy collettit, Annie Brown, Leslie Connelly, Joy Lukomski, Stacey Fletcher, Ana Renuart, sharon richards, The Buggy Bunch, Sherry White, 1 -1', Susan Del Tufo, Tara Luton , Karen Disney, yaquelin andrade, Tessa Stanley, Kaori Fischer, Gloria Severino, Sophie Wood, -1' 1, Milli Wenzel, Diane Donar, Janet Farmer, Karen Newkirk, janice pagan, Mary Ann Kalin, Clare Hughes, maria miranda, Toni Reukauf, Mark yBzNyaFpSKdSM, Sharon Klein, Celeste McWilliams, kari broomell, AmeriCorps/Big Brothers Big Sister, shelby dorris, Susan Rosier, TLA, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Michael Van Houten, charlene bentien, Emily Wick, Harvest Food & Outreach Center, Linda Condit, Barneyxcq yWxcSpFGWvTabbVDxz, Vero Beach Magazine, Vero Beach Police Department, Janie Graves Hoover, maria marron, Gloria Luna, 1 1, belinda washimgton-davis, Barbara Johnson, joshua poindexter, Tanya BRAUN, SHARYN A HAWKER, Elaine McGinty, Susan Del Tufo, liz woody, Shawna Carton, FRAN PERKINS, Theresa Wagner, Alejandrina Micket, kelly baysura, Hollie McDougall, Nancy Blessing, Gretchen DiVincenzo, LaTanya Gibson, Taylor Walker, Susan Rosier, Jennifer Roberts, Kerilyn Ngom, Fourth Quadrant Partners, Healthy Families, Di Pugh, Jeff Miller, Diane Bressner, Jeanne Prince, Amanda Stevens, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Lilibeth Ballina, Melinda Judson, Sharon Klein, Robyn Bethel, Patricia Mandell, Kristi Challenor, Kevin Maloney, Samantha Breen, Marsha Van Arman, Ramon Echeverria, Angel Maldonado, Jennifer Seifstein, Achillies Pace, Michele Sternberg, Jennifer Croom, Mary Strickler, Sharon Delo, DOE-OEL, elizabeth bahl, Michelle Bass, Page Woodward, Emilia Jacobs, Laurie Pedersen, Ralph Autullo, Lenora Ritchie, Guillermina Walker, Jessica Cox, Narda Pitkethly, Kathryn Woodall, Teri Dugan, Judy Whalen, Lisa Segroves, Traci McGough, Kirra OBrien, Louis and Sara Smith, Lori Nalls, Tricia Boyle, LaTanya Morgan, Laura McGill, Amanda Emanuel, Tara Miranda, 1 1, Tracey Barker, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc., Milli Wenzel, JOY VANHORN, Jennifer Steele, Bobbie Donelson, Melissa Hall, Bruce Green, Agnieszka Szymanska, Christina Hayes, Shannon Gillen, Elizabeth Tetreault, John obrien, Heidi Lourie, Elias Medina, Dasie Hope Center, ggdxfg fdgfh, Christine Ryall, Carla Cundiff, Nancy De La Hoz, Carrie Spencer, Kristen Jones, Brenda Zamora, Margaret Dawson-Brown, Kidz Closet Charities, Rebecca Blair, Kathleen Hamilton, Helene Caseltine, Kathy Minix, Mindy Lessem Pollack, Kathryn Perez, Susan Aguirre , Becky Levesque, STEPHANIE CLARK, Christy Baer , Matt McManus, Cheryl Gondek, Lisa Bishop, Dean Stewart Photography, Tiffany Justice, Casey Dunn, Pamela Prange, Thomas Moore, Amber Petry, Randall Hunt, Lydia Galbraith, Shanti Sanchez, mardy hall, 211/Help Me Grow, Karen Malits, Emily Jarrett, Nate & Kristen Bruckner, Ramon Echeverria, Patrick Toole, Kenny Carmichael, jorge luis ramirez, Patricia Mandell, Raquel Searcy, Gifford Youth Activity Center, Keith Touchberry, Clare Hughes, Jenna Chatfield, ISABELLA LAGGES, 1 -1', hannah kauferh, hannah kaufeh, Keondra Eberhardt, Maria Ortiz, Linda Hammerle, Janet Alford, Fenia Hiaasen, Heather Thompson, Susan Del Tufo, Lisa McFaland, sabrina fraga, cheryl gondek, Rose Brickles, parker hammond, Angel Maldonado, Hayley Gondek, MAry Grace Hektner, United Way of Indian River Co., Beth Livers, Marta Cronin, sharon butler, keesha trusty, Kerilyn Ngom, Christine Sturgeon, Renee Boesch, Kaori Fischer, Tami Haffield, Elizabeth Pinkney, Patricia Beaudoin, Jennifer Durrett, Kristina Trahan, Renee Lincoln, Sterling Bobbitt , VBKA, Mary Laquidara, Chuck Evans, Shariea Shoatz, mardy hall, Krishna Patel, Wendi Adams, Margaret Autullo, JIM BATORY, Gisele Parker, Kristin Culbreth, Jody Houston, Nicole Piontek, Kelly Palmer, Paige Newinski, Heather Young, Marisela Luna, Megan Falcone, Melody M Englert, Heidi Lourie, Lisa Guilmette, Autumn Wheeler, Kayla Chitty, Angela Bosman, Rachel Holpfer, Leslie Jones, audrey colonna, Kelley Williams, F.A.C.T. Fellsmere Action Community Team, Suzi Rusin, GoldenTabs VlNDAmqBXuOUgPSzn, Kelly Palmer, Annie Brown, Susan Del Tufo, allene moorehead, Michele Smith, Teri Dugan, Matthew McManus, Amy Kelly, Brooke Flood, Rhonda McGilberry, Heather Quigley, Donna Hedgecock, Tina Campbell, Sharon Klein, Marie OBrien, Michelle Chandler, Bridgette Diskin, Mary Graves, Sara Goodman, Bill McMullen, ruth darrigo, Kay Yurigan, Liane McMullen, Socorro Luna, Nancy Blessing, Carol David, Carolina Rojas, Isabel Marron , matt KdPIOvmNNItBy, Indian River County Lawyers Auxiliary, LaTanya Morgan, Doug Glenn, jennifer roker, Jeff The Bro, Heather Helton, Sandy Hamrick, Farrah Lemanski, Karen Newkirk, Adam Faust, Ramon Echeverria, Hope Woodhouse , Kelli Mejia, Edward Shanaphy, kayla poindexter, Arianna Lagges, judy jones, Janai Cooper, Erin Hollander, Deborah Dillon, Maria Alvarez, Dorothy Cominsky, Gina Sultaire, Megan Falcone, Liz Tetreault, Kelly Sartain, Stacey Klim, Amanda Acker, Cynthia Jorgensen, Isabel Marron , Elizabeth Falkiewicz, Dr. David Christiansen, Indian River Taekwondo Langlois, Lisa Wheeler, Jayne Becker, Donna Hedgecock, Sonja Phillips, Ralph Sunshine Acquisitions, Brittany Bailey, Becky Warren, Andrea Cosner, Karen Taylor, Crystal Gothe, Lucy Roy-Delapaz, uritayay, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County, Becky Allen, Nancy De La Hoz, Ann Mathis, Heather Thompson, Kim Klaus, Tisa Blidgen, Kathleen Nealy,

What Is Moonshot Moment

What does it take to get 90% of kids ready for K and reading by third grade in such a way that we create literate, compassionate, citizens who can change our world? 

(View our latest Moonshot Moment Fact Sheet, November, 2018)

 

Since 2012, the Moonshot Moment goal has brought about a community-wide journey to determine what it takes for 90% of Indian River County children to be reading on level by third grade.  Our Moonshot Quest is a complex venture requiring collaborative leaders to take innovative action aligned in service with our Moonshot literacy goal.

To ensure long-term sustainability and transformational change, our Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN) of over 150 members representing private, public, business, social and philanthropic sectors, provides leadership training, structure and relationships to move from traditional silo-based approach to a collaborative learning culture.  We meet monthly to cultivate these interagency partnerships and community-wide mobilization.

Our MCAN “playing field” focuses on Kindergarten Readiness (0 – 5 and Early Childhood), Extended Learning (before/after school and summer), In-School Efforts (professional development, coaching, training and volunteers) and Community Engagement (involving parents, community leaders, businesses, and nonprofits).  

History of the Moonshot Moment Literacy Movement:

Original Moonshot Moment Letter from Dr. Fran Adams,
Founder of the Moonshot Moment Goal,
Former Superintendent of Schools for Indian River County

 

 

September 1, 2012

Unlike the ability to speak, the human brain is not hard-wired for reading -it is a skill that must be learned. The work begins at the very beginning of a child's life, with  prenatal care  to ensure that  children are born healthy and develop  on track so they are thriving at 3 and ready for school by 5 years old.

Success involves parents drenching their children in words, spoken and written. It means strong preschool experiences that align with the elementary curricula. It requires high ­quality  teaching in every setting for every child, every day, beginning in infancy.

Third grade marks a critical milestone for students when the focus shifts from learning to read, to the expectation that students will read in order to learn.  An alarming two-­thirds of all children na­tionally and fourth-fifths of economically disad­vantaged children are not reaching this critical third-grade milestone.

Indian River County children are no different.  Forty  percent of our stu­dents are not academically ready for kindergarten. By third grade, students who are not reading at grade level have only a one in seven chance of ever catching up. They are four times  more likely to leave high school without a diploma, leaving  them stuck in a cycle of academ­ ic failure and a lifetime of struggle.

This is no longer just an educational issue, but one with serious implications for our community's long­ term prosperity. Statistics show that 85 percent of juvenile  delinquents are functionally illiterate, as are 70 percent  of all pris­ oners, with  some  states even  basing  the  number of prisons they will build on third grade reading scores.

With such far-reaching consequences, an effective solution goes beyond  the confines of the School District, calling for the whole community to become involved.

In the summer of 2012, the School District set a goal to have 90 percent of all third grade students reading at grade level by 2018.  We know of only one other school district in the na­tion bold enough to set such an aggressive goal. This is our moonshot mo­ment, setting  us on a path toward becoming our country's leading learning and literacy community.

For the past two years, the School District has col­laborated with The Learn­ing Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing teachers with the latest advances in sci­ence-based educational techniques. The Learning Alliance has trained more than 300  local teachers and  tutors and helped more than 2,000 students in 12 elementary schools and summer learning programs. The result  has been a staggering 171 per­ cent improvement in kin­dergarten and first grade literacy scores.

Our experience with The Learning Alliance is a perfect example of what Jamie Vollmer, an award­ winning champion of public education, has been saying for years -- schools can no longer do it alone. Success requires meaning­ful community conversa­tions to inform long-term solutions that do not start and stop at the schoolroom door.  School  readiness, attendance and summer learning loss, as well as properly aligned systems of care, services and fam­ily supports for every child from birth  through third grade will be critical in achieving the 90 percent goal.

To that end, the School District  has  been  actively seeking cross-sector partnerships with  civic and business leaders, gov­ernmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. We have recently been encouraged by the for­mation  of a small  group of "Literacy Leaders"  in­ cluding the Chamber of Commerce, The United Way, Indian River Community Foundation, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, McCabe Foundation, and  others who have joined together to not only embrace  the 90 percent  goal, but help bring others to the table as well.

Over the coming months, this  group will cast their net wider as we begin to develop a commu­nity-wide strategic plan to ensure our children can­ not only read well by the end of third grade, but also are ready to become excel­lent  learners, achievers and citizens of our  com­munity.  We are certain to face challenges along the way, but we must put forth the effort for our children.


Together, we can make Indian River County a beacon of literacy achieve­ment and a shining exam­ple of responsible citizen engagement.


 

WhatIsMoonshotMoment - home