Panel: Supporting Parent Success: The Key Ingredient to Closing the Literacy Gap

Supporting Parent Success: The Key Ingredient to Closing the Literacy Gap

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 9:30 am to 10:45 am

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.

We know that parents have the greatest influence in their children’s well-being, education, and overall life outcomes. Their roles as first and most influential teacher, brain-builder, advocate, and coach — all well documented in the research literature — provide us with a strong basis for why investing in parents, supporting them, and enlisting them as partners in our work is urgent and essential. Without them, we cannot close the gaps, particularly the gaps on third-grade reading proficiency for low-income kids and kids of color.

This year’s conference theme, “Expect to Connect,” presents an opportunity to lift up the critical importance of connecting with parents and helping to equip them to help their children with early literacy development to set them on the path toward school success in the early years and the early grades.

Dr. Munro Richardson of Read Charlotte, a Campaign for Grade-Level Reading community, will share the research and science around how families can most effectively help their children with reading and will introduce a promising new tool, Home Reading Helper.

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a collaborative enterprise to improve reading proficiency for low-income children, involves more than 340+ communities in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 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.

Moderator

Dr. Munro Richardson

Dr. Munro Richardson

Executive Director, Read Charlotte

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a collaborative enterprise to improve reading proficiency for low-income children, involves more than 340+ communities in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 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.