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Sara Landman

Fellowship Class: 
2011

Uniting Through Literacy

The objective of Uniting Through Literacy is 3-fold: to increase the literacy skills of urban students and their parents, to encourage literacy in the home and to target retired Jewish Educators as the reading specialists for the program. The children's program will be run according to research-based strategies that increase children's literacy levels. The adult program will focus on functional literacy. Supplemental literacy-based projects will be created for parents and children to work on together at home.

About the Founder: 

Sara is in her sixth school year as a Special Education Teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. Since High School, she has been interested in increasing literacy levels in urban settings. She received a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Binghamton University and a Masters in Education from Chestnut Hill University. Prior to teaching, Sara spent time in Israel volunteering through the Otzma Fellowship. Her favorite pastime is traveling. 

Press: Starting Up Leaders

Update from Sara: Uniting Through Literacy is entering its second year in two schools. Sara is currently recruiting new families and expanding the involvement of parents who were involved in last year's program by empowering them to run "literacy nights" for other parents in the schools. Sara is actively seeking current teachers who would like to launch the program in their schools as well as retired educators to volunteer as reading specialists.