How do you determine which early literacy programs and practices can best improve outcomes for young children? If you’re Munro Richardson, you spend more than 1,000 hours reviewing the research! Join on us on webinar on February 22, 2018 from 10AM to 11AM as Munro shares his findings. Register now!
Munro Richardson, Executive Director of Read Charlotte, is tasked with a bold goal – doubling the number of children reading at grade-level by third grade in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. He has focused his work on advancing the most promising literacy interventions for children beginning at birth. He discovered much of what he wanted and needed to know was not readily available. As a result, he and his team spent more than 1,000 hours reviewing hundreds of studies and determined:
- Eight research-based birth through eight early literacy indicators
- Five “buckets” of proven practices
- A reading success pathway beginning at birth
- A set of early literacy interventions (practices and programs) that when implemented with fidelity produce the largest results
Join us to learn about the indicators and which early literacy interventions hold the most promise for improving outcomes for children. Register now.
Munro Richardson, Executive Director, Read Charlotte
Munro Richardson is Executive Director of Read Charlotte, a community initiative that unites families, educators and community partners to double the percentage of third graders reading on grade level in Mecklenburg County from 39% in 2015 to 80% by 2025. In this role he is responsible for using research, data and strategic funding to coordinate, integrate and align the efforts of dozens of organizations across Charlotte-Mecklenburg to improve children’s language and literacy development from birth through third grade.
Munro has received local recognition for his efforts. In 2015 the Charlotte Hornets named Munro a Rising Star at their annual My Hero Gala. In 2016 Leadership Charlotte named Munro Newcomer of the Year at its annual Legacy Awards; the Black Women’s Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg named him Citizen of the Year; and, Playing for Others recognized him as one of 10 change-makers in the community. In 2018, Munro was recognized as a Walmart Community Playmaker by the Charlotte Hornets.
Munro devoted much of the past 20 years working in philanthropy. He spent ten years at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City where he held progressively demanding leadership roles, ultimately serving as Vice President of Education. More recently he was co-founder of two education technology startup companies. Munro holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, master’s degrees from both Harvard University and Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar), and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Munro is married to his high school sweetheart, Teresa, and has three daughters who attend UNC Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.