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A Message from Raising A Reader about COVID-19
April 28
, 2020

Dear Raising A Reader Network,  

Communications with our Affiliates over the last several weeks have revealed an amazing spirit of solidarity, ingenuity, and community. Each and every one of you is doing their part to support families and forging new paths for connection. Raising A Reader is working hard to respond to the ever-changing situation, and to keep our Affiliates informed and connected. Thank you for being our partner in this journey.

At last week’s Town Hall we featured Common Sense Media’s new platform, Wide Open School. They have collaborated with 25 partners to bring a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids PreK through Grade 12. If you missed it, you can watch the recorded version here.  

For this week’s Town Hall we will be joined by Save the Children  to share some of their COVID-19 response materials, and Barefoot Books who will preview their new Atlas app for kids.  We will also share ideas for connecting families to libraries for “socially-distanced” blue bag events. Register here.

And finally, our warehouse is open!  If you are trying to meet a June budget deadline, or prepare for your post-COVID-19 relaunch, we are ready to fulfill your RAR material needs. Shipments out of the warehouse will begin on Monday, May 4th.

We are in this together!

Kindest regards,

Michelle Torgerson and the Raising A Reader team

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, Springboard Collaborative, Common Sense Media and others during this forum. Meetings take place on Fridays at 11 AM PDT/2 PM EDT.  Register for the Town Hall meetings below.   

Register here for RAR Town Hall Meetings

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
Publisher Permissions
Resource Library
RAR’s Youtube Page
Family Literacy Calendars (courtesy of Raising A Reader Massachusetts)
Parent Tip Sheets

Professional Development & E-Learning

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

April 28: 12 Noon Pacific/3 PM Eastern

CGLR: Promoting Statewide Family Engagement Frameworks: State Consortium on Family Engagement

May 5: 12 Noon Pacific/3 PM Eastern

CGLR: Following the Science Upstream:
EarlyBird App Identifies Children with Reading Challenges