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A Message from Raising A Reader about COVID-19
April 6, 2020

Dear Raising A Reader Network,  


Springtime is a reminder to us that life is about renewal and reimaging.  As the coronavirus pandemic enters its second full month of shutdowns and cancellations, let this time of year remind you of perseverance as we navigate through our newly defined roles as professionals, educators, parents, and citizensTo help us grasp these new roles and responsibilities, the internet is abundantly full of information and resources, and can often be overwhelming.  At Raising A Reader, we’re working to provide you with a streamlined list of highlights and resources for everyone from professionals to families and we want to hear from you! 


  1. We invite you to use this continually updated page as a source for information and resources.  Below are a few highlights from our COVID-19 webpage.  If you wish to share a resource from your agency or know of a resource that should be posted, please email us at rarinquiry@raisingareader.org.  
  2. We need to hear you from you! In order to help Raising A Reader best support your needs in the coming months, we are asking that you complete this brief survey.  Thank you in advance for your time.  


We are in this together! 

Kindest regards,  

Michelle Torgerson and the Raising A Reader team 


Weekly Town Hall Meetings 

From now until the end of April, Raising A Reader will host weekly “Town Hall” meetings.  This is a forum for RAR and Affiliates to share resources, ask questions and network.  Raising A Reader will also provide information from partners such as Khan Academy Kids, Ready4K and others during this forum.  Meetings take place on Fridays at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST.  Register for the Town Hall meetings below.  


April 10, 2020 

April 17, 2020 

April 24, 2020 


COVID-19 Affiliate Toolkit  

This toolkit features a collection of information and resources requested by the network.  The toolkit is updated regularly so check back often.   


Funding Resources  
Grant Language Template  
Publisher Permissions  
Resource Library  
RAR’s Youtube Page 


Professional Development & E-Learning  

Raising A Reader is collecting professional development opportunities from Affiliates and partner organizations.  This week’s webinar opportunities are: 

April 7 
Region 9 Head Start Association: R9HSA: Working with Parents to Combat their Children’s Stress and Anxiety Associated with the COVID 

Campaign for Grade Level Reading:  GLR: Helping Families to Succeed in Challenging Times: Philanthropy’s Response to COVID-19 

April 8 
Ready4K: How to Craft Parent Messages That Motivate