Catapult Learning Releases New White Paper

Catapult Learning Releases New White Paper, “How to Build a Culture of Literacy that Accelerates Student Achievement”

The company’s three-year Literacy First framework presents a solid research base, expert professional development, and student achievement data.

Literacy First Whitepaper coverCamden, NJ, January 9, 2015 – Catapult Learning today released a white paper developed to examine the relationship between a school’s literacy culture and student achievement. The paper, “How to Build a Culture of Literacy that Accelerates Student Achievement,” identifies, defines, and explains the critical elements necessary to building and sustaining a literacy culture, and it demonstrates how the Literacy First Framework can build teacher and leader capacity in literacy instruction across an entire school, accelerate student achievement, and close the achievement gap.

Dr. Marcella Bullmaster-Day, Associate Professor and the Assistant Director of the Lander Center for Educational Research at Touro College in New York City, authored this white paper, the third she’s written for Catapult Learning. In the white paper, Dr. Bullmaster-Day examines the Literacy First Framework’s research base, identifies how it enacts this research through its professional development and job-embedded coaching, and reviews data from Literacy First implementations in U.S. schools that demonstrate the framework’s success in creating a culture of learning and achievement.

“The research is clear that building teacher effectiveness and leadership capacity around literacy dramatically impacts school culture and the performance of all students,” said Stuart Udell, President and CEO of Catapult Learning. “Literacy First provides schools that opportunity to build a culture of literacy and improve student achievement. I am excited to be able to share this research with other educators.”

Literacy First, part of Catapult Learning since 2011, has successfully enabled schools and districts to improve reading achievement, as evidenced by improved test scores year after year. The framework has been successfully implemented throughout the country in states including Oklahoma, Kansas, North Carolina, and Washington. The three-year framework provides professional development, coaching, and curriculum resources that build a lasting school-wide culture of literacy, learning, and student achievement.

About Catapult Learning: For over 35 years, Catapult Learning has been dedicated to improving academic achievement for students from Pre-K to grade 12, with a special focus on intervention for struggling learners, building teacher capacity, and graduating more students. Catapult Learning’s nationwide network of 4,100 teachers, coaches, and consultants partners with over 300 school districts across the country.

For more information, please contact Meg Roe, VP of Marketing for Catapult Learning, at 856-831-7956 or


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