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Literacy in After-School: An Essential Building Block for Learning and Development
After-School programs are uniquely positioned to fill opportunity gaps and support the acquisition of reading and writing skills of underserved youth and help them build a better future.
Featured Speaker: Ed Spitzberg
Beyond the Bricks Film and Panel Discussion
The Beyond the Bricks Project takes a grassroots approach to improving outcomes for young black males, by engaging community members—including young men themselves—as well as educators, civic leaders, and other stakeholders to craft solutions to the challenges they face in their neighborhoods, cities, and the nation as a whole.
Tonya Leslie -NYU
Derek Koen - Beyond the Bricks, Film Director
Dr. Ivory Toldson - Howard University
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Angelo Kidd - Supt Guilford County
Shaquille Ingram - Student
A Comprehensive System of Learning Supports: Strengthening Family and Community Engagement
If educators are serious about improving outcomes for all students, major changes must be made to systematically address barriers to learning and re-engage the many students who have become disconnected from school. Students need a unified and comprehensive system of learning supports in order to succeed.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Merrianne Dyer
Collaborative Learning Partnerships: Successful Family Involvement Strategies
Empowering families, uniting communities, and building capacity is a critical factor in increasing the literacy development of young children.
Featured Speakers: David Banks and John Robinson
It’s Not Complicated...
Guidance for administrators, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens about how best to serve the literacy needs of students.
A Community Rich in Resources: Working with Students and Volunteers to Support Instruction
The most important support we can give students is the attention of mentors—caring, capable, individuals who are dedicated to helping students learn.
Featured Speaker: Liza McFadden and Teecy Matthews
Making the Case for Meaningful Family Engagement
Today, family engagement means families, childcare specialists, and schools working together in trusting and respectful relationships in order to help children be successful learners.
Featured Speaker: Byron Garrett
What Can We Do to Keep Children Reading During the Summer
Summer learning is critical to closing the achievement gap. No matter how much high-quality learning takes place over the school year, without continued learning opportunities over the summer for all students, the achievement gap will continue to grow.
Featured Speaker: Judy Cheatham
The Systemic Framework for Family Engagement
Countless studies demonstrate that students with parents actively involved in their education at home and school are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, graduate from high school, and go on to post-secondary education.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Karen Mapp
The Third Grade Reads Blueprint: A Literacy Model for Cities
Third Grade Reads is a high-impact service strategy in which the mayor’s office leverages the power of volunteers to help children attain reading level proficiency by the beginning of fourth grade.
Featured Speakers: Na'eem Crawford and Laurel Creech