Featured Panel Session

Ensuring Early School Success

Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 9:30 am to 10:45 am (Workshop Block 1)

Join this town-hall style conversation led by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading about how to achieve bigger outcomes, larger impact, and more sustainable scale in efforts to improve early reading success across the U.S.

The Campaign focuses on reading proficiency by the end of third grade, a key predictor of high school graduation and a milestone missed by more than 80 percent of low-income children. Our conversation will focus on how to fuel bigger outcomes in school readiness, school attendance and summer learning by lifting up parent success and healthy child development as critical determinants of early school success. The discussion will also include how communities are prioritizing children and families in public housing, and employing technology and technology-enhanced platforms to accelerate their efforts.


Ron Fairchild

Director, GLR Support Center

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Ron serves as director of the Grade-Level Reading Support Center for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a collaborative enterprise to improve reading proficiency for low-income children that involves more than 340+ communities in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He also heads the Smarter Learning Group, a national consulting firm focused on helping education-related organizations achieve better results, build stronger partnerships, and attract more investment.


Stay tuned for announcement of our panelists.