For Immediate Release
November 13, 2023
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Jacqueline E. Baptiste, African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

(BPRW) African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, McGraw Hill Publishers, and Trenton, NJ Public Schools Join Forces to Launch Innovative Reading Intervention Pilot Program

(Black PR Wire) TRENTON, NJ – The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ), in partnership with McGraw Hill Publishers (AACCNJ President’s Club member) and Trenton, NJ Public Schools, is proud to announce a groundbreaking collaboration aimed at enhancing the academic success of local students. This initiative, known as the "Reading Acceleration for Success" program, will focus on Daylight High School students and utilize McGraw Hill's acclaimed Achieve 3000 platform to accelerate reading growth and increase the number of students performing at or above grade level.

The "Reading Acceleration for Success" program is a testament to the commitment of AACCNJ, McGraw Hill Publishers, and Trenton, NJ Public Schools to support educational equity and foster positive learning outcomes among African American students and students of color. By leveraging the power of Achieve 3000, an adaptive literacy program renowned for its effectiveness in improving reading skills, this collaboration aims to make a significant impact on the academic achievements of Daylight High School students.

Key highlights of the collaboration include:

Targeted Reading Intervention: The program will provide targeted reading interventions tailored to the specific needs of Daylight High School students. It will focus on improving reading comprehension, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills.

Access to Achieve 3000: Students will have access to McGraw Hill's Achieve 3000, a research-based platform that personalizes instruction to each student's reading level and interests, ensuring a customized learning experience.

Professional Development: Educators at Trenton, NJ Public Schools will receive specialized training in implementing Achieve 3000 effectively, enabling them to better support their students' literacy development.

Community Engagement: AACCNJ will actively engage with the local community to ensure that families are aware of and involved in this initiative, promoting a holistic approach to student success.

Data-Driven Progress Monitoring: The program will employ data analytics to track and assess student progress, allowing for adjustments and improvements to maximize the impact of the intervention.

John E. Harmon Sr. IOM, Founder, President, and CEO of AACCNJ, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, "We believe that education is the cornerstone of economic empowerment and social advancement. The 'Reading Acceleration for Success' program aligns perfectly with our mission to promote educational excellence and equal opportunities for African American students. We are excited to fund the pilot and to partner with McGraw Hill Publishers and Trenton, NJ Public Schools to make a meaningful difference in the lives of these young learners."

In addition to the organizations' efforts, McGraw Hill Publishers will provide ongoing support, resources, and technical expertise to ensure the program's success. The collaboration reflects the commitment of all parties involved to creating a brighter future for students in the Trenton, NJ community.

James Earle, Superintendent of Trenton, NJ Public Schools, stated, "This partnership exemplifies our dedication to providing our students with the best tools and resources to succeed academically. We believe that the 'Reading Acceleration for Success' program will help our students build the strong literacy skills necessary for lifelong success."

Over the coming months, it will be closely monitored and evaluated to assess its impact on student achievement and reading proficiency. “Literacy is the key that unlocks the gate blocking the path to an unbounded future. The earlier we can equip young minds with that key, the better. We are proud to partner with The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey to help more students gain the confidence to overcome obstacles and pursue a future of their own design, regardless of circumstances.” – Mr. Sean Ryan, President, McGraw Hill School.



About the African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) performs an essential role in the economic viability of New Jersey. While providing a platform for New Jersey’s African American business leaders, to speak with a collective voice, the AACCNJ advocates and promotes economic diversity fostering a climate of business growth through major initiatives centering on education and public policy. The Chamber serves as a proactive advocacy group with a 501(c) 3 tax exemption, which is shared by the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

About McGraw Hill Publishers

McGraw Hill is a leading learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators, and professionals drive results. McGraw Hill has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East, and South America and makes its learning solutions for PreK-12, higher education, professionals, and others available in more than 135 countries.

About Trenton, NJ Public Schools

Trenton Public Schools is a diverse, urban school district that serves a wide range of students from preschool through high school. The district is committed to providing high-quality education and ensuring equitable opportunities for all students, regardless of background or circumstance.

Source: African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ)