Austin: Did you know that by the age of three, children of professionals have vocabularies two times larger than those of children from welfare families? (Hart & Risley) This creates a persistent word gap, which leads to an achievement gap, and is felt deeply by young people from lower wealth and minority cultural backgrounds. Rhymes with Reason is an e-learning app that enables essential vocabulary word acquisition via popular song lyrics.
Drew: Did you know that the United States is facing a literacy crisis? Only 34% of American high school students graduate with proficiency in reading. Along racial lines, that number drops to 18% of students-of-color. Our system is catastrophically failing our students. A lifetime of opportunity is lost when a person can't read. At Readlee we're tackling the literacy gap by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and speech recognition. Our platform listens to students read aloud and provides immediate feedback, individualized support, and measurable success. Readlee is grounded in the latest research which demonstrates that reading aloud improves memory, vocabulary, and confidence.
Rohit: So, the vision at Project Sitara Foundation is to provide inclusive quality education for students from underserved communities. However, we face a multitude of societal, economic, and social challenges. India is a country that is both dynamic and competitive and has minimum qualification requirements to pass the high school level (Class 10) examinations. This is extremely important because most jobs and roles in our country's societal structure require these. Unfortunately, ensuring this minimum qualification becomes extremely difficult for many families due to in-built social issues rooted in society, or economic issues resulting in the lack of access to quality education.
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