Helping those most in need with Orton-Gillingham tutoring

The Southport CoLAB is honored to partner with the Adam J. Lewis Academy to provide Orton-Gillingham tutoring for students who are struggling with literacy. The partnership and collaboration is funded generously by the Deborah J. Quinsee Educational Fund established in 2019. 

Founded in 2013, AJLA started as a nonprofit preschool located in the West End of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and currently serves PreK3 through 2nd grade students with the plan to add additional classes each year through 5th grade. Currently, through the DJQ Ed Fund more than 15 students collectively in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade are provided a semi-private tutor session in small groups 1-2 times a week. Teachers affiliated with The Southport CoLAB are O-G professionally trained and certified through its own Orton-Gillingham Instructional and Training Program which is accredited by the Orton-Gillingham Academy.

The Deborah J. Quinsee Education Fund was created in the memory of Deborah Quinsee, a former Southport School board member, parent, and friend of the education and learning difference community. Deborah was passionate and committed to the education of the most vulnerable members of the student population, children with learning differences, and those from underprivileged backgrounds.

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Deborah J. Quinsee

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.”