K – 12

The Lowery Institute In-School Leadership and Literacy program is designed to create a love for reading and foster recognition of social issues that lead students to become change agents in their communities. Through intergenerational transfer of knowledge, elementary and middle school students are exposed to a curriculum that promotes reading proficiency and encourages and teaches leadership skills development.

Our curriculum is designed to help students advance their literacy proficiency by using literature to expose students to new ideas and foster discussion of critical topics. Interactions are led by Lowery Institute staff, special guest speakers, and Lowery Institute Change Agents. Students also work on social justice projects and expand their knowledge about voting rights, career possibilities, and hard and soft skills, such as public speaking and writing. Our 2022 cohort of students at Herman Russell Academy will be continuing their work in these areas in the Spring of 2023 with opportunities for field trips.