What is Literate Nation?
Ever wonder why there is such a disconnect between good education practices and the laws and regulations? Ever wonder if you could do something about it—especially for our SEEDS kids?
Bringing effective reading instruction to every child in every classroom across the nation is a big challenge, but it is doable. We can be successful if we work together. We need advocates working collaboratively to shape the entire spectrum of education change needed—the legislature, the state agency, the state board, AND how legislation, policies, and practices are implemented. Literate Nation invites you and your colleagues/fellow community members to participate in one of four boot camp opportunities to learn how to impact education change. If you are part of another organization, you both are welcome to join. If you are new to the challenge, you are welcome to participate. If you are looking to work with others, you are welcome to get involved.
We also are offering two opportunities to participate remotely. Williamsburg will include live social media broadcasting with targeted questions and main ideas feeding a live chat running concurrently with the boot camp. If you cannot attend, this is a great way to connect with onsite energy and to follow key points. And, for those who do attend, since broadcasting will begin before the boot camp and continue beyond, this is a great way to prime your brain for the event and to sustain connections and momentum afterward. Start now by following Literate Nation on Twitter (@LiterateNation) and check our feed and hashtag (#LNBC14) for boot camp updates and chat. Denver will offer the opportunity to participate remotely via Internet live-cast on October 18th – 19th. This remote opportunity will link you to participants in your community and from around the country.You will be able to see and hear great presentations, engage with presenters, and begin developing your own plan of action.
These boot camps will support your ability to dig deeply into the challenging task at hand, to build or grow your team, and to create or update a plan that will help you produce outcomes that make a difference in your community. Make no mistake; this is a big challenge. Over 30% of our kids are not learning to read well enough to function in the 21st Century workplace. We all must become engaged in fixing this problem. The struggling readers, the economically disadvantaged learners, the English language learners, and the students with dyslexia or other specific learning disabilities are ALL of our kids. We know what they need and how to enhance the trajectories of their lives. Let’s make it happen!