Community Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Third Grade Reading Success Matters!
April 11, 2013
2:30 - 5:30 PM
Hilton Garden Inn, Twin Falls
Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predicator of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year more than 80 percent of low-income children miss this crucial milestone. If left unchecked, this problem will undermine efforts to end intergenerational poverty, close the achievement gap, and reduce high school dropout rates.
Communities must address this problem with a collaborative approach, bringing the education system, libraries, business leaders, social service agencies, and policy-makers together cohesively to develop an action plan which addresses the unique needs within that community. These "Community Campaigns" are finding success in 124 communities around the country and are part of a network sponsored by the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading. This Campaign is a call to action. We hope you will join us.
Who Should attend?
Educators and administrators, library staff and trustees, business people, local and state policy-makers, parents, social service providers, non-profIt organization staff, VISTA and AmeriCorps volunteers, and others interested in working together to address the challenge of grade-level reading proficiency in their area.
Third Grade Reading Success Matters: Welcome!
Staci Shaw, Early Literacy Projects Coordinator, Idaho Commission for Libraries
Keynote: Ron Fairchild, National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Why third grade reading success matters, Community Campaigns
Panel: Existing Programs and Initiatives in Our Community
Bill Knopp, Director, South Central United Way, partnering with the Idaho Community Foundation Leadership Council; Hallie Kelly, Director of Development, Lee Pesky Learning Center; Cindy Bigler, Librarian, Gooding Public Library
Call to Action
LeAnn Simmons, Executive Director, Idaho Voices for Children
Building Community Networks
Current data for each community; identify areas of need; identify resources; identify key participants
Forming coalitions, establishing goals, creating a networking space
1) Participants will increase their knowledge of why it is important for children to read by third grade, the impact of third-grade reading proficiency on college and career readiness, and the issues that impede grade-level reading proficiency.
2) Participants will identify others in their communities working on grade-level reading proficiency, and develop 1-2 next steps within their own organizations to address the issues above.
3) Each session will generate lists of individuals and organizations who are interested in forming coalitions in their communities to further the goals of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading.
There is no charge to attend.
Sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Idaho Voices for Children, and the Early Childhood Coordinating Council.
For more information contact Staci Shaw, 800-458-3271 or email@example.com