Literacy in Afterschool: An Essential Building Block for Learning and Development

Afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to fill opportunity gaps and support the acquisition of reading and writing skills among underserved youth to help them build a broader 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 these 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.

Featured Phyllis Hunter

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 them learn.

Featured Speaker: Liza McFadden and Teecy Matthews

Making the Case for Meaningful Family Engagement

Today, family engagement means families, childcare 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