The average LearnUp student learns to read in 3 months.

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LearnUp is a structured literacy, evidence-based program.

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LearnUp teaches reading by actually reading books.

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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.

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Online Training

The Magnificent 7: How to Provide Effective Reading Support in all Classrooms A Reading Workshop for Teacher Assistants & Volunteers

Live course launches on Oct 5th-9th

Self-Directed course will launch in mid-October

Don't go into the classroom empty handed. Learn everything you need to know to be a volunteer in a reading classroom.
The Magnificent 7 are the seven literacy and reading skills you need to support a struggling reader in any classroom.
-- Learn how to teach any kid who needs assistance in reading.
-- Learn how to teach consonants and short vowel sounds & advanced phonemic awareness.
-- Learn effective fluency techniques.
-- Learn how to use the Pressure Release technique for reading out loud.
-- Get access to curriculum, procedures, lessons and digital books and handouts that you can use in the classroom.
-- Get the skills you need to help teach a kid to read.

Included in the course
-- 5 Hours of recorded Meetings
-- Digital versions of chapter books and handouts that can be used in the classroom

Live class: October 5th to 9th.
The course is presented in one-hour live meetings over five days.

This training is taught by Steve Tattum, reading expert and LearnUp's reading director

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Wednesday Webinars

LearnUp Wednesday Webinars are back! This week is all about Games...

Games for Teaching Reading on Zoom

This Wednesday (September 23rd at 3:00 pm Pacific Time/6:00 pm East Coast) join LearnUp Centers for a FREE workshop on how to teach reading through GAMES on the internet! We’ve got baseball, tic-tac-toe, concentration, even basketball - each one designed out of the need to keep kids engaged, motivated, and attentive while learning to read online! They are fun, teach and reinforce reading skills, and work over the internet. All the Games used in the workshop were created by Steve Tattum, LearnUp Reading Director. 

Go to to register. The workshop will be recorded and made available to all registered participants.  

Afterwards, join us for Office Hours following the Games workshop from 4:00 to 5:00 pm PT. During Office Hours we answer any questions you may have about using our programs or about teaching reading. Workshop registrants are welcomed to attend this session.

During the pandemic, LearnUp recognizes that our educators and families are working under very challenging circumstances to teach all our children to read. During the pandemic, LearnUp Centers’ training programs are heavily discounted to allow as many educators, parents, and community members as possible to enroll in our workshops and learn the essentials of teaching reading to all children and adults. 

We believe that the true value of our programs is more than the tuition price. However, if you or your community has been affected by the pandemic and/or the recent economic downturn, reach out to us. We want to support you if you or your community lacks the resources to take part in this training. Contact:

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About LearnUp

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.

One-for-one scholarships

We believe that everyone deserves the gift of reading, regardless of income. So, as a nonprofit, we raise funds to provide scholarships to readers in need.

Proven curriculum

Created by Steve Tattum, LearnUp’s reading director, our curriculum has a 20+-year track record of success in teaching kids with learning differences to read.

Highly-trained tutors

Learning to read is hard work. We invest in rigorous training to make make sure our tutors have the pedagogy and personality to teach and motivate your kids to read.

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AMAZING reading program!!!

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