The quest for “Literacy & Justice For All” is, one person’s heartfelt dream. Literacy specialist, Deb Mallin, had a thriving private practice helping students, one at a time, gain control over their inability to read. The more success she had at helping her students and student families, however, the more concerned she became about the vast numbers of those she couldn’t help. She said aloud to herself: “I either need more hours in a day, or more of me to go around; both impossible.” With the encouragement and support of her husband and three sons, she leveraged artificial intelligence (AI) to replicate her processes to now reach entire classrooms of emerging readers. Having achieved the impossible, Literacy Matters became tangible and is on course to close the widening literacy gap, making possible what many said to be impossible.
The Literacy Matters Foundation is a team of 35 individuals, who are engaging technology, refining the curriculum, nurturing the relationships, and painting the vision of the world when we’re all on the same page. The keystone for achieving the organization’s vision is delivering proven classroom techniques on a platform that is relevant to today’s student. Emerging readers need structure, guidance, and an empathetic and knowledgable instructor who is listening as much as they are talking. Those traits are what has allowed Deb Mallin’s students achieve their goals and exceed the expectations of the institutions who fiercely want the same positive outcomes.