Penn Reading Initiative

Penn Reading Initiative (PRI) is a highly interactive student tutoring organization that works to raise the literacy rate in West Philadelphian elementary schools. With the belief that early intervention is essential in making long-lasting impacts, PRI currently works with 2nd and 3rd grade students at Benjamin B Comegys Elementary School. The backbone of the tutoring sessions is “The Reading Road,” a well-tested linguistics program developed by Dr. William Labov, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics. Members of Penn Reading Initiative are trained on how to use this program to not only improve the reading skills of their tutees, but to help them build the confidence and independence that will be fundamental in their future endeavors.


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Elementary School Student Playing Reading Games

Learn more about The Reading Road curriculum