The Problem

Despite great promise and tireless efforts, most children’s literacy programs, instruction, and services produce only negligible effects. Each day, educators, program directors, community leaders, and funders are faced with decisions about using time and resources wisely.


By the end of third grade, about 67 percent of the nation's children are not reading at grade level.

Our Solution

We guide stakeholders through a comprehensive analysis of their literacy programs and services, focusing on their goals, design, desired outcomes, and resource allocation.

January 1 2018

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Who We Work With




School Districts

Our mission is to unlock the power of our collective commitment to America’s youngest readers. We work to ensure that all children's literacy efforts and those they serve reach their potential, and that all stakeholders see the results and impacts they intended.

  • As soon as our community-wide reading proficiency initiative was introduced to the Lectio framework, I immediately realized its power to help both the philanthropic and nonprofit provider community evaluate programs in terms of design, effectiveness and potential for impact. As funders, we are total believers in the process and have seen our community providers embrace it and learn from it as well.

    Mary WalachyExecutive Director, The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation
  • As Superintendent, I am committed to investing in professional learning that yields a positive return-on-investment. Of all those opportunities we have invested in, Lectio is simply the best. The Lectio structure provides teams of educators a space to convene to grapple with and define customized problems-of-practice. Our team was supported to think not only about content (how best to improve literacy practices based on research), but also on the how (what is the leadership path forward to achieve goals?). Lectio staff had touch points with us before and after the institute, to ensure we achieved our goals.

    Dr. Drew EchelsonSuperintendent, Waltham Public Schools