Office of Accountability

Supplemental Educational Services
Service Summary Information

Literacy Empowerment Action Plan of Western NY, Inc. (LEAP of WNY)


Name of organization:

Literacy Empowerment Action Plan of Western NY, Inc. (LEAP of WNY)

Primary location:

3200 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 214
Buffalo, NY 14217

Contact information:
(phone / email / website):

Dr. Gillian Richardson, Executive
Director, (716) 873-0429, external link

LEAs where service will be provided:

Erie Co., and Niagara Co.


Years provider has delivered service:

Two years


Evidence that services have been effective:

Empirical evidence of strong effectiveness provided in the attachment “Organizational Summary with Statistical Data Supporting Effectiveness.”


Title of the instructional program, curriculum series to be used (if appropriate):

Not applicable


Grade level(s) the provider will serve:

Grades 1-12


Content area(s) provider will serve:

ELA with an emphasis on reading.


Number of sessions provided per week, if applicable:

1-2 sessions per week based on parental preference during the school year. Four sessions per week during our July summer reading camp.


Average length of each service session (minutes/hours):

Each session is 1.25 hours long.


Duration of the available service period (e.g. September 1 – June 30; September 1 – August 31; weekends only; summer school only; specific number of weeks or hours, other, etc;):

September 1 – June 30
Note: A summer reading camp is
offered for three weeks in July, four mornings per week, for a total of 12



Type of instruction:

Research-based reading instruction incorporating explicit and systematic instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Components are taught as appropriate to the student’s reading level and individualized learning needs as determined by assessments.


Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with disabilities:

Differentiated instruction will align with the goals on each student’s IEP.
Instruction will be explicit and systematic, with substantial modeling, guided practice, and independent practice.


Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with limited English proficiency:

Because prior knowledge exerts a
powerful influence on reading
comprehension, LEAP will use a variety of strategies to build and activate students’ prior knowledge. For instance,

K-W-Ls and Anticipation Guides will be used to link prior knowledge with new concepts and ideas.


Qualifications of the service provider(s)/instructor(s):

All instructors are trained volunteers under the supervision of a New York State certified Site Supervisor and New York State certified Clinical Director.


Reports to parents, teachers, and LEA (Content, frequency, method of delivery):

Informal conference time with parents is provided after each session. A formal report of each child’s progress is provided to parents at the conclusions of the sessions, as prepared by the Clinical Director. The Executive Director prepares and submits a summary report for each child to the LEA at the conclusion of the sessions. Parents and the LEA are encouraged to share the reports with teachers in order to communicate

  recommendations for future instruction. LEAP of WNY also maintains open communication with teachers through phone calls, informal written notes, and personal visits.


Will transportation to the service location be provided at no charge if requested? (Note: LEAs are not required to provide or pay for transportation)

LEAP of WNY will not be providing transportation to the service location.


Additional relevant information:

One of LEAP’s literacy centers is located in the heart of a high need community, within walking distance of its residents.

Last Updated: March 21, 2014