An exciting partnership between Social Venture Partners, Catholic Academies Bridgeport and The Southport CoLAB 

Social Venture Partners Connecticut (SVP CT), a program of Fairfield County's Community Foundation (FCCF), is an organization that invests financial resources and human capital for sustainable solutions to social problems. The Southport CoLAB and SVP’s shared objective is to enhance the CoLAB’s business plan with a specific focus on low-income school districts to promote positive changes in literacy outcomes through educational partnerships and training in Structured Literacy™ using the Orton-Gillingham approach. This includes the implementation of a three-year pilot program with the Catholic Academies of Bridgeport, where, over the course of the three years all kindergarten, first and second grade classroom teachers will receive formal training from the CoLAB’s team of experts. 

 “The Catholic Academies of Bridgeport’s professional development has been a positive and exploratory experience as we continue to analyze and implement relevant teacher training and further student education at the elementary level,” explains Stacey Goodwin, Lead Partner of the SVP Engagement Team. “It’s a start to a fundamental objective in this partnership which is to effect positive change and a ripple effect in reading outcomes for all children in the state of Connecticut. Educational success starts with a solid foundation like this.”