Literacy is absolutely life-changing, and Reading in Motion’s innovative curriculum has been proven to have immediate impact on student reading. But the organization had important questions about the sustainability of its impact. What happens after a teacher works with Reading in Motion? And how can we ensure that every RIM teacher continues to transform their students, year after year?
I was going back over the concepts, and I was amazed at how many have taken hold.”
Our work with Reading in Motion turned out to be pretty transformative. The research and synthesis phase helped the organization dig into its own practices and reimagine its program through the eyes of its end users. The sustainability principles have helped Reading in Motion move from a program focused on student transformation, to one focused on teacher transformation.
The digital tools we designed have enabled dozens of RIM teachers to better fit the program into their school day, and have been so successful that the organization has stopped printing its physical book. Teachers can now access the curriculum whenever they need it, and can target interventions for at-risk students with much more precision.
Many of the analog concepts were also implemented, starting with an internal alignment of values that has served to re-orient the company’s website, training and coaching. RIM staff created solutions such as a teacher-facing orientation video and a new peer-coaching model. Not only does each concept enable the program to sustain, but many have also prepared it for scale at the national level.
Finally, our time together helped Reading in Motion to culturally embrace the concept of prototyping. Whereas before they would pilot a new idea for an entire school year, then determine its success, now they are much more comfortable creating multiple versions, quickly and cheaply, then using them to gather feedback and move forward. With significantly shorter learning cycles, the organization has become more nimble, responsive and innovative.