Register Now: Pre-conference on Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

NC GLR logo finalJoin us at the 2016 National Smart Start Conference on May 2nd  to learn how communities across the nation are working together to make measurable progress on third grade literacy. Register here.

Lackluster third grade reading results are inspiring communities to rethink their approach to literacy. Recognizing that reading begins at birth and is rooted in health, family and learning environments, communities are coming together in new ways to make measurable progress on third grade literacy.

Through this interactive workshop, learn the art and science of collaboration, demystify the finding and using of data to drive results, learn from others leading state and Campaigns for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) communities and hear about evidence-based tools to support measurable progress on literacy.

Presenters include:

  • Robert Albright is Associate Director at FSG and leads the funder community of practice for the Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. Read his blog about lessons learned from role-playing in a collective impact setting in his work with Randolph Hospital in Asheboro, NC. Albright will address burning questions about building and sustaining collaboratives at the preconference.
  • Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute and Erin Ramsey, Senior Manager, Mind in the Making will show how this project and the companion tools from VROOM can support literacy goals.  Readers have called Mind in the Making “profound” and “the smartest parenting book I’ve ever read.”
  • Laila Bell, Director of Research and Data for NC Child will share ways to find and collect data, use data to align strategies and to measure progress and impact. NC Child is the KIDS COUNT partner in North Carolina.
  • Becky Miles-Polk, State Lead for the Iowa Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, will discuss successful strategies that have created, scaled and sustained collaboration in Iowa. Of the 11 communities that are part of the campaign in Iowa, most are making progress in one or more CGLR strategies – school readiness, summer learning and school attendance.

Join us on May 2nd from 10 am to 4 pm.  Register online now. For anyone unfamiliar with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, we’ll start at 9:30 and provide a brief orientation.