LearnUp Centers

We teach kids to read.

aka LearnUp Centers   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.learnupcenters.org

Mission

LearnUp is a nonprofit literacy center based in San Francisco and Marin on a mission to teach all levels and types of learners to read.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

Steve Hagler

Main address

2325 Pine St

San Francisco, CA 94115 USA

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EIN

47-2262474

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

60% of the school population can't read at grade level by the 4th grade. Children who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade are more likely to drop out of school, end up in jail, or on welfare. 1 in 5 people (regardless of race, ethnicity or language) live with dyslexia.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

LearnUp Centers

LearnUp is a nonprofit literacy center based in San Francisco on a mission to change how we teach all levels and types of learners to read.

Though our most common students are in the middle elementary grades, we tutor struggling readers of all ages -- from Kindergartners to adults.

In addition to teaching all types of struggling readers to read, LearnUp also offers a reading comprehension and fluency program to help more fluent readers understand what they read. In 2020, LearnUp launch a series of online training programs to fill the gap in reading knowledge and practice for teachers, learning specialists, volunteers, parents and others interested in the how to teach reading using scientifically proven methods.

Since the pandemic, all of LearnUp's programs and trainings take place on-line. We are seeing terrific outcomes using distance learning platforms such as Zoom. In addition, LearnUp's programs are no longer bound by geography.

The Program
Many programs can teach kids to read. LearnUp is more effective and efficient—using one-on-one tutoring to teach struggling readers to read in about half the time as most other major reading programs. LearnUp integrates the best practices of the leading reading programs on the market (Orton-Gillingham, Linda Mood-Bell, Slingerland, Reading Recovery, Whole Language, etc.) and combines them with the latest brain research and National Reading Panel recommendations to create a superior, systematic program that accelerates reading acquisition.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Serving emerging readers in Marin and the North Bay of San Francisco

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Serving emerging readers in San Francisco and beyond.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status, Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of sessions taught in a year.

Number of adults who received literacy services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

LearnUp Centers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LearnUp's vision and goal is to have a one to one ratio of financial aid and scholarship for every full paying student.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

LearnUp teaches struggling readers to read at grade level and beyond. We want to teach all children, regardless of their learning differences, to read.

LearnUp is about more than phonics. It’s about reading.

LearnUp uses a multidisciplinary structured phonics curriculum with proprietary chapter books so students can practice their new reading concepts within a storybook environment. A typical lesson includes work on sounds, syllables, words, reading, comprehension, and writing in a scope and sequence that’s tailored to each reader.

The LearnUp Difference
LearnUp Centers teaches struggling readers, with or without a diagnosis of dyslexia, to read at grade level and beyond. In about 1/2 the time of most other programs.

Structured literacy
We use structured phonics with proprietary chapter books to systematically teach kids to read.

Blended curriculum
We combine the best methodologies from nationally-recognized reading programs with the latest brain research.

Hands-on and experiential
It’s tactile, it’s fun, and almost ½ of every session is spent actually reading books.

One-on-one tutoring
Focused sessions with highly-trained, energetic tutors give your kids the skills and confidence to read.

We deliver on our promise to teach struggling readers to read, not just make reading progress. We understand how to train our tutors to teach the program with high fidelity to the program and empathy for our students so that we have strong buy-in from our students and we make fast progress towards their reading goals.

We are a social enterprise with a pay-to-play revenue stream and a One-to-One scholarship model that allows deserving low-income students to enroll in our life-changing programs. We believe every child, regardless of income, deserves to learn how to read. That’s why we became a nonprofit to raise funds for readers in need.

For every paying student, we strive to offer full and partial scholarships to low-income struggling readers.

Unlike other one-for-one giving programs, we are not simply giving away products. Instead, we are teaching reading skills that last a lifetime.

We have been focused on literacy since early 2016 when we launched our pilot program with the goal of testing whether or not we could teach the average struggling reader to read in 3-4 months. The pilot also determined whether or not we could train undergraduate students to teach the program. And we did.

In 2017, we were able to secure office space at La Boulangerie bakery no Pine St. in San Francisco and launched our on-site reading clinic. LearnUp tutors continue to teach kids to read faster and more effectively than most reading programs. The average LearnUp student increased their grade-level reading by two grades in less than 80 hours.

We are now teaching kids to read via distance learning. And it works! Teaching over Zooom has changed our model for the better because it allows us to reach any struggling reader wherever they are in the world. As long as there is a wifi connection, a computer or tablet, and a willing student, we can teach that child to read.

We have also put our professional development training courses for educators online. They are now self-directed allowing teachers to access the training on their own time.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LearnUp Centers

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pascal Rigo

La Boulangerie

Term: 2014 -

Virginie Rigo

Steve Hagler

LearnUp Centers

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/31/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/31/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.