Carla Stanford leads a REAP teacher training session

Our mission

Reading is Essential for All People (REAP) believes that change begins with the dedicated public school teachers that work with our children every day. REAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving reading proficiency in public school children through teacher training and enrichment.

Did you know? 32% of 4th graders are reading below a basic level. 

We train public school teachers

We help produce skilled readers through public school teacher training and enrichment.

REAP funds and organizes free training and professional support for public school teachers in the foundations of reading instruction, using the Orton-Gillingham Approach. OG is a multi-sensory, systematic, direct approach to phonics instruction. We provide:

  • Training courses in the Orton-Gillingham Approach
  • Orton-Gillingham workshops
  • Modeling, shoulder-to-shoulder coaching, observations, and feedback based on the Orton-Gillingham approach.

Our offerings are geared toward public school teachers and their needs in the general classroom as well as the special education classroom.

REAP is not replacing current curriculum, just integrating a new approach. This approach is intended to be integrated and used as a supplement to what the school system and teacher are already using.

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What we don’t offer

REAP recognizes the need for all teachers to learn these important skills. However, we do not offer free training for private school teachers or tutors. Our training program offers the knowledge and support necessary for the classroom but we do not fund full certification through the Orton-Gillingham Academy.

How do we choose program applicants?

The application process is competitive. The number of qualified trainers is limited, so we can’t train all the educators that apply. We choose teachers to participate in the program based on experience, grade level, details supplied in the application, and colleague referrals.

We look for commitment and enthusiasm for learning. It’s important to train teachers who will inspire and mentor those within their schools. Our program participants—both during and after training—will participate in an ongoing support group that will continue to meet and share ideas, implementations, and successes.

Our programs are currently available in the metro Atlanta area.

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You can help us make a difference

Our high quality programs are expensive to fund, and we work hard throughout the year to raise money to pay for the teacher training. The more money we raise, the more teachers we can train. Please share our mission with your friends, family, and colleagues. Together we can make a difference!

Learn how to help support REAP