100x25 FWTX Today

  • ‘Reading with Barbers’ Program Featured in National Education Publication

    ‘Collective Impact’ Mission Supports 100X25FWTX Initiative and Read Fort Worth


    Brochure  Fort Worth ISD’s innovative “Reading with Barbers” program is featured in the January/February edition of Urban Educator, the national newsletter of the Council of the Great City Schools. The article about the program is entitled, “Books and Barbers Program Flourishes in Fort Worth.” The article explains how the District has created partnerships with local barber shops to help improve literacy among young students, especially those ages four to 14.

    “Reading with Barbers” began in the summer of 2017 in barber shops located in east and southeast Fort Worth. There are nine participating barbers in the program. Their shops feature bookshelves filled with classic and contemporary children’s books. When students sit down for their hair cut, barbers encourage them to read aloud and will ask their young customers questions about the book.

    Each participating barber also has colorful incentive charts so children can track their reading progress with stars and stickers.

    The program is directly aligned with Fort Worth ISD’s initiative, called 100 X 25 FWTX, which sets a goal of 100 percent of third-graders reading on grade level or above by the year 2025. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Betsy Price and BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose to lead the community-wide Read Fort Worth initiative. This collective impact strategy engages parents, grandparents, and caregivers as well as volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith-based community.

    “Reading with Barbers” is a prime example of how community involvement can impact student learning. Students who read at the local barber shop are in a comfortable, familiar environment that is a central part of their neighborhood. Barbers have established relationships with their young customers and can provide support and help reluctant readers build confidence. Parents can read with their children while they wait for their haircut and older readers can select their own books to read.

    “Reading with Barbers” also demonstrates how families and businesses come together to support and improve literacy among children in the local community.

     More Exciting 100x25 Updates Below! 

About 100x25 FWTX

  • Scribner with Students Using the slogan “Ready to Read, Ready to Lead -- Listos para leer, Listos para avanzar,” Superintendent Kent P. Scribner says third-grade literacy has become a top predictor of graduation rates.

    “That is our goal,” according to Dr. Scribner. “And, now we are very excited to know the community, through the leadership of Mayor Betsy Price, BNSF Chairman Matt Rose, and others, have embraced this, as well.”

    Dr. Scribner unveiled 100X25 FWTX early this summer and talked to District teachers and other staff about it at Convocation in August.

    Superintendent Kent Scribner is pictured with the Red Oak Foundation’s Rebecca Brumley and 100 second-graders from Hubbard Heights Elementary School.  The Red Oak Foundation supplies books to first and second-grade students in 30 underserved schools.

100x25 FWTX

  • The 100X25 FWTX goal – 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders reading on grade level or above by 2025.

    Why 100X25 FWTX is crucial – Third-grade literacy can determine success in all subjects for years to come, including math and science. Until third grade, children are learning to read. After that, they are reading to learn. Studies show that 75 percent of children who struggle with reading in third grade never catch up.

    How 100X25 FWTX will put childhood literacy front and center – A coordinated cradle-to-career strategy will, for the first time, align the goals and the resources of Fort Worth ISD with all facets of the community and put resources where they are needed most. Partners with the District on this strategy include Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose and other leaders and volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith based community.

How you can help

  • Become a Literacy Volunteer
    Volunteers are now being placed strategically in schools where they can make the biggest impact. This will grow exponentially in January. Volunteer in schools where you can make the most impact.

    Alma Pohler
    Volunteer Specialist

    Register your child for Pre-K
    We’re partnering with parents to get their young children registered for pre-K. Participate in our Pre-K Round-up!

    Sign up for ReadyRosie
    ReadyRosie is a tool for parents, grandparents, caregivers in all settings to use. Ready Rosie engages parents with short videos that we deliver to your personal device. They show you really fun learning activities to do with your child anywhere – at home, in the car, in a restaurant.

    The videos are free. Just sign up!