How Can We Address this Crisis?
Studies conducted at the SUNY Albany conclude that children who are weak in reading at the first grade level will continue to be weak in all language arts areas. In addition, children who are not reading by the third grade will fail at all subjects going forward unless a strong intervention is provided. An effective intervention must build on the strengths of the student, overcome his or her weaknesses and clarify any confusion that exists. Only through implementation of an evidence based intervention process is there any chance of reversing the process of poor reading. Mercier Literacy for Children utilizes established, recognized pre and post assessments integrated into individual learning plans for each child.
In 2002, using his own resources, George Mercier started the Mercier Literacy Program, now entitled Mercier Literacy For Children. The program currently provides evidenced-based language arts instruction for approximately 400 Rochester City School District children grades K-6 in Rochester, New York. The program’s mission is to increase children’s literacy skills, from emerging reader and writer levels to fluent reader and writer levels, consistently improve student reading and writing and enhance student self-efficacy. The Mercier Literacy For Children process motivates and reinforces each student’s attitude to become lifelong readers.