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Harvard's Lead for Literacy Initiative: Featured Initiative for Policy Makers and Educational Leaders

The Lead for Literacy initiative is a series of one-page memos written for leaders dedicated to children’s literacy development. Each memo revisits assumptions that guide current policies and practices, outlines common pitfalls, and presents feasible solutions to pressing issues.

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United Way of Acadiana: Just a few reasons reading is important...

United Way of Acadiana:  Just a few reasons reading is important... | United Way | Scoop.it

Just a few reasons reading is important.

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New effort seeks to make everyone a reader

New effort seeks to make everyone a reader | United Way | Scoop.it
With 34 percent of Orangeburg County first-graders not being ready for school and 36 percent of third-graders not reading at grade level, the supporters of a new literacy effort say something needs to be done.
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United Way of Acadiana

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United Way Readers - United Way of Acadiana

 

Children learn to read in the early-grade years so they can read to learn throughout the rest of their lives. A missed opportunity to read at grade level by the fourth grade could set an individual’s quest for learning back permanently. You can help by volunteering to be a United Way Reader. Volunteers provide much-needed reading practice time in conjunction with classroom teachers for one hour per week for a 10-week time period.

 

And they're making a difference. More than 250 students in 17 schools were helped by 167 United Way Readers last year - and 80% of those students improved their overall reading scores.

 

The good news is most struggling readers can learn to read if given additional help in the early grades. That is why United Way of Acadiana is focused on increasing awareness on how you can provide reading and literacy support to children at risk of falling behind as a United Way Reader. Opportunities are available in Lafayette, Acadia and St. Martin parishes.

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Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services - Thrive at 5 Aims for School Readiness

Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services - Thrive at 5 Aims for School Readiness | United Way | Scoop.it

Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services|United Way launches early literacy effort - Thrive at 5 - delivered in partnership with The Reader Organisation, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, PERC, Liverpool Library and Information Services, local community groups and …you?

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The power of reading

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The Power of Reading

Craigan Usher, M.D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

 

A number of studies link reading and writing literacy to productivity later in life. And research demonstrates that early exposure to books and reading can predict better academic skills in early grade school.

 

Given the substantial evidence on the importance of literacy, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital participates in an innovative national program called Reach Out and Read, which offers books to children and their parents at well-child check-ups from ages 6 months to 5 years.

 

Consistent with the vision of Reach Out and Read, the OHSU Doernbecher Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training program also focuses a lot on children’s literature and the power of parents and caregivers sharing book time with their children. In this Healthy Families post, I would like to reflect on the impact of books in the lives of young people and how early reading with children may promote attachment and key emotion regulation skills.

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Maine Unveils Plan to Increase Literacy

In the early 90s, Maine students read at a higher level than kids in the nation as a whole. But in recent years, Maine's reading scores on a key national achievement test have been flat. Now, elementary school students here do no better than their peers in other states.  One in five adults, meantime, is stuck at the lowest level of literacy, according to the group Literacy Volunteers of Maine. In Lewiston today, education officials unveiled a comprehensive strategy designed to arrest these trends and improve reading in Maine from birth through adulthood.

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Scholastic Summer Challenge | Reading program keeping kids reading all summer long | Scholastic.com

Scholastic Summer Challenge | Reading program keeping kids reading all summer long | Scholastic.com | United Way | Scoop.it
Kids around the world log reading minutes in an effort to set a new world record for summer reading and be featured in the Scholastic Book of World Records...
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‘Raise Your Hand’ aims to increase level of volunteerism at library - Elizabethton Star

‘Raise Your Hand’ aims to increase level of volunteerism at library - Elizabethton Star | United Way | Scoop.it

Thursday offered a full day of activities for visitors to the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library. In partnership with the United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County, the library hosted “Raise Your Hand, Fun Day at the Library!” The event at the Elizabethton library was part of a statewide program called Raise Your Hand Tennessee Day of Action that was sponsored by the United Ways of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The goal was to recruit volunteers who will “raise their hand” to read to, tutor or mentor kids.

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