Educational Institutions

Earning By Learning of Dallas

  • Dallas, TX
  • http://eblofdallas.org

Mission Statement

Earning by Learning is an innovative, research-driven program founded on performance-based incentives that encourage children to read. While we offer incentives, it is both the tangible (cash) and intangible incentives (goal setting, choice, immediate feedback, self-efficacy, etc.) that create program success. Students’ results are monitored through a computerized software management system to ensure accountability, comprehension, response to intervention, and overall program success.

Since Earning by Learning (EBL) was founded in 1996, 80,411 students have read over 750,641 books. In return

we have awarded over $1.4 million. Students have read an additional 75,073 books above the 20 book limit for which no performance- based incentive was given.

Main Programs

  1. Earning by Learning Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Earning by Learning works to make sure children are reading.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 1996

Self-reported

Thelma Morris - Lindsey

Keywords

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Reading Incentive, Research Based Reading Incentive Program, Reading Literacy, Incentive Based Learning, Incentives, Reading Program

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Also Known As

Earning By Learning of Dallas

EIN

75-2729596

 Number

1648042826

Physical Address

2705 Swiss Avenue, Suite 130B

Dallas, TX 75204

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Harvard University has recently completed a research study on Earning by Learning (EBL). Its purpose was to look at incentives and its effect, if any, on academic outcomes. The principal investigator was Dr. Roland Fryer.

Children, grades K-6, select titles approved by school/center personnel and receive $1 for each book they master through Accelerated Reader’s Renaissance Place or Scholastic’s Reading Counts, computerized reading software programs. There are fall and/or spring EBL sessions offered at various sites throughout Dallas.

The Harvard study shows substantial gain of nearly 2 standard deviations among EBL students in the area of reading comprehension, overall language development and test scores versus non EBL students. After the implementation of the EBL model, students obtained the equivalent of 4 months of academic growth in 15 weeks. A survey a year later also determined no loss of intrinsic value/motivation for reading and learning in general.

In the last three or four decades, there have only been three other educational reform studies that have shown a 2 point standard deviation spur. Those 3 were Head Start, classroom size reduction, and incentives for quality teachers to teach in urban settings. EBL is now statistically proven its added value and program outcomes along side those 3 groundbreaking educational initiatives mentioned above.

We’re about results: Additional findings from previous studies conducted within Dallas ISD on EBL:

• School staff and principals indicated that participation in the program motivated students to read more outside of class, and although the cash reward was welcomed, it was not the primary motivator for students to read.

• Teachers felt the EBL program was appropriate for students whose primary language was not English.

• The program increased reading comprehension as well as interest in reading since implementation.

• EBL provided student accountability through computerized assessments of comprehension.

Programs

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

Program 1

Earning by Learning Program

Children, grades K-6, select titles approved by school and center personnel and receive $1.00 for each book they master through Accelerated Reader computerized reading software programs. Typically there are fall and spring EBL sessions offered at various campuses unless otherwise denoted. Program session delivery is based on funding.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$365,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Earning by Learning works to make sure children are reading.

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EARNING BY LEARNING OF DALLAS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Earning By Learning of Dallas

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Thelma Morris - Lindsey

BIO

Thelma Morris-Lindsey has 32 years of nonprofit and social/educational work experience.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

KRISTEN BICKHAM

BICKHAM & BICKHAM

Term: Jan 2011 - Jan 2012

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