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RBBB writes:

Literacy and The Poverty Gap

When it comes to literacy and poverty, the facts are clear. A student who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate high school than a child who does read proficiently by that time. Add poverty to the mix, and a student is 13 times less likely to […]

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Dr Dave writes:

Achieving Excellence With a Growth Mindset in the Classroom (and Out)

There’s always more to learn. These five simple words carry an entire philosophy of thought within them. When I was a young ‘bot, I went through a phase where I thought I knew it all. In my defense, I figured I’d been programmed to maximum capacity and was already as smart as they come. Thankfully, […]

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RBBB writes:

Sweet Success: RBBB Wins $25k Grant in Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope Contest

Humans go wild for ice cream. As a robot, that’s not something I can understand. What I can understand, however, is how special it is when a community comes together for a greater good. And that’s what happened recently when Read Better Be Better was nominated as a semi-finalist in the Blue Bunny Helmet of […]

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Dr Dave writes:

The More You Grow: RBBB’s Excellent Plan for Program Growth

Once upon a time, there was only one “employee” at Read Better Be Better — founder and CEO, Sophie Etchart. Of course, there was also me, but I’m RBBB’s official mascot. (Not to mention their dashing digital spokesman.) But when your mission is to solve Arizona’s literacy crisis, stagnancy is simply not an option. This […]

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Dr Dave writes:

Marching Toward Progress: RBBB Stands With Educators at Arizona Capitol

April 26, 2018 is a historic day. In response to the first teacher walkout in Arizona history, more than 1,000 Arizona public schools (in nearly 110 school districts and charter schools) have closed. But the fight has just begun. As thousands of educators, parents, children, and supporters march to Arizona’s Capitol today, you’ll find our team among them. Read […]

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Dr Dave writes:

We’ve Got Unbelievable News! RBBB Received $41k in Unsolicited Funding

It’s a good thing robots never run out of energy (all we need to recharge is the nearest outlet) because 2018 has been non-stop so far! In fact, I’ve been so busy the last few months that I haven’t even had time to talk about the extraordinary event that happened at the end of 2017. […]

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Sophie Etchart writes:

How Workforce Development Will Help Reduce Arizona’s Teacher Shortage

Arizona has a critical teacher shortage: at the start of the 2017-18 school year, there were 1,968 vacant teaching positions, and 3,408 teaching positions are filled with people who don’t meet standard teaching requirements (Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association, December 2017). This problem disproportionately affects schools in under-resourced districts serving already marginalized communities – the […]

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Dr Dave writes:

A Robot on a Roll: Dr. Dave’s Interview With Littles & Bigs

2017 has truly been a whirlwind of excitement, from Kelsey winning 20k in grants (in 6 minutes!) to getting our own office for the very first time. But I’m happy to announce things haven’t calmed down just yet. We recently partnered with Washington Elementary District, and launched in six of their schools this year. Yes, […]

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Sophie Etchart writes:

What You Need to Know on Giving Tuesday

It is no secret that public education is in need of major support. Heroes like Save Our Schools AZ make that apparent simply by the name of their movement. It could be easy to feel defeated, or think that there is nothing else we can do. At Read Better Be Better, we believe that investing […]

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Dr Dave writes:

It’s Official! RBBB Gets a New Home

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” — James Cash Penney. This quote has always resonated with me, but I find it especially moving when I think about the progress we’ve made recently at Read Better Be Better. We. Got. An. Office.  And while I’ve been doing wheelies […]

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