Beyond Basics in Southfield at Forefront of Literacy Movement in Michigan

Four Michigan congresspeople recently introduced a resolution (H. Res. 738) in Congress that supports the goals of Beyond Basics, a Southfield-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to improve the literacy skills of Michigan students.
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A federal resolution was introduced emphasizing the mission of groups like Beyond Basics to help students improve their literacy skills. // Photo courtesy of Beyond Basics

Four Michigan congresspeople recently introduced a resolution (H. Res. 738) in Congress that supports the goals of Beyond Basics, a Southfield-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to improve the literacy skills of Michigan students.

“Illiteracy is a challenge that can be overcome,” says Pamela Good, co-founder and CEO of Beyond Basics. “This resolution addressing literacy marks a significant initial stride toward a future in which students can access education, graduate, and pursue opportunities in higher education and the workforce.”

Improving literacy has been the goal of Beyond Basics. For the past two decades, the organization has employed a structured literacy curriculum utilizing phonics and decoding strategies to elevate children’s reading skills to grade level proficiency or beyond.

This methodology is underpinned by intensive tutoring, and has received validation through a recent Longitudinal Study, offering a promising solution to combat illiteracy.

“This report confirms what we have long recognized — that students possess tremendous potential when provided with the necessary support,” says Good.

In recent times, more than 30 states have enacted legislation mandating the adoption of The Science of Reading as the standard reading curriculum. Michigan is among the growing number of states championing evidence-based structured literacy interventions for students.

Presently, Beyond Basics operates in more than 40 locations spanning nine counties across Michigan, extending its services to underprivileged and marginalized communities. These locations encompass public, non-public, private, and parochial schools.

Beyond Basics currently provides one-on-one, multisensory tutoring program to over forty schools and agencies throughout Michigan, enabling students to achieve grade-level reading proficiency in an average of just six weeks.