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.

Moderator

Ron Fairchild

Ron Fairchild

Director, GLR Support Center

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Baltimore, MD

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.

Panelists

Alejandro Gac-Artigas

Alejandro Gac-Artigas

CEO & Founder

Springboard Collaborative
Philadelphia, PA

Alejandro founded Springboard Collaborative in 2011 to close the literacy gap by coaching teachers, training family members, and cultivating reading habits. He was since honored as ‘one of the world’s best emerging social innovators’ by Echoing Green, a leading venture philanthropy firm that selected 20 fellows from 3,500 global applicants.

Abra Lyons-Warren

Abra Lyons-Warren

Senior Program & Policy Manager

Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
Washington, DC

Abra leads the Housing Is Initiative, an effort aimed at better aligning housing with other systems like education and health to improve life outcomes for low-income children. She previously analyzed and advocated for housing, education, and place-based, early childhood, and dual-generation initiatives with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Illinois Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie’s office.

Becky Miles-Polka

Becky Miles-Polka

President

Within Reach Consulting Services
Des Moines, IA

Becky is a Senior Consultant to the Campaign for Grade Level Reading serving as the State Lead for Iowa and has provided leadership for the Campaign’s Healthy Readers Initiative and School Readiness focus areas. She is a Senior Fellow with Attendance Works, a national and state initiative that promotes awareness of the important role that school attendance plays in achieving academic success.

Sheetal Singh

Sheetal Singh

Director of Design and Innovation

The Early Learning Lab
Oakland, CA

Sheetal works to build the capacity for innovation and the use of new technologies for schools and community-based organizations working with families of children, birth to age 5. Her work at The Early Learning Lab builds upon 15 years of experience in digital media and technology to solve social problems.