About The Film

The Right to Read shares the stories of a courageous activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read.

 

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THE STORIES

 Kareem Weaver
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Kareem Weaver, an Oakland NAACP activist, believes literacy is our most important civil right. He is fighting for a world where 95% of children can read. With a focus on Black and brown children, Kareem demands to bring science-based reading instruction to Oakland schools and causes national interest by taking on the publishing industries.  

You can learn more about Kareem's work and his non-profit FULCRUM (Full and Complete Reading is a Universal Mandate) here

Sabrina Causey
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First-grade teacher Sabrina Causey was given a reading curriculum in Oakland as a rookie teacher that did not work. It encouraged students to guess at words and use pictures for clues; she only had one student who could read at grade level. Without the district's approval, she worked with Kareem to incorporate a curriculum based in the science of reading.

The results were astounding. 

 

The Hunter Family 

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Teresa is a trainer for the LENA early language program in Virginia Beach. The program helps set children up for reading success by focusing on increasing children’s vocabularies and the numbers of words spoken in homes.

After graduating from the program with her husband Isaiah and their daughter Ivy, Teresa was inspired to become an early literacy advocate. Teresa is hoping to re-enroll in college and get her degree in early childhood education once Ivy starts preschool. 

The Adams-Staples Family 

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Melinda and Fred met in Jackson, Mississippi and moved to the Delta with their two children. They worry about Fred Jr.'s education; only 21% of children can read at grade level in their district.

Melinda signs Fred Jr. up for an educational technology program called UPSTART that focuses on kindergarten readiness with science based reading software. The family will do anything to ensure their children receive the education they need. 

 

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