Success for All Foundation

Around the Corner: A Technology-Enhanced Approach to Early Literacy

The project is designed to improve the reading skills of struggling young readers with a focus on literacy acquisition and oral language development. The project accomplishes this by adding interactive multimedia content to the instructional materials used in the pre-K and K instructional programs that are part of the Success for All school turnaround model. Using media content produced by Sesame Workshop and Sirius Thinking, the project will develop new interactive versions of the Curiosity Corner and KinderCorner programs; create additional computer, video, and print materials for use by children in their homes; and create a video-enhanced professional development model to support teachers.

Description of Project

This project will create and formatively evaluate Around the Corner, a technology-enhanced approach to early literacy that combines the Success for All Foundation's Curiosity Corner preschool and KinderCorner kindergarten programs with content from the award-winning PBS show Between the Lions, Sesame Workshop, and other multimedia content. After development and piloting in collaboration with our partner schools, a formative evaluation of Around the Corner will be carried out, with qualitative measures and then a quantitative evaluation with random assignment of students to conditions within 12 schools. The expected outcome will be a fully developed program ready to be more broadly evaluated and disseminated nationally.

Description of Evaluation

Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) is conducting the impact evaluation of Around the Corner. Twelve Success for All partner schools in five districts around the country were randomly assigned in the fall of 2014 to either implement the Around the Corner version of Curiosity Corner and KinderCorner or a delayed treatment comparison group. Control schools continue to implement the original version of Curiosity Corner and KinderCorner. The study cohort was in pre-kindergarten last year, and is in kindergarten this year. Data on early literacy skills will be collected in spring 2016.