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A Message from Raising A Reader about COVID-19
May 5
, 2020

Dear Raising A Reader Network,  

Springtime gives our gardens an opportunity to regenerate and blossom. In parallel, we’re hearing wonderful stories from our Affiliates on how they responding to the pandemic by planting new ideas into their service models and watching them bloom. Keep up the good work!  

At last week’s Town Hall we hosted two partners. Barefoot Books took us on an educational trip around the world with their travel app, Barefoot World AtlasWe learned about history, geography, culture, and more! Our partner that serves some of the most hard-to-reach families, Save the Children, shared the COVID-19 resources they are implementing, including their bilingual activity calendarsIf you missed it, watch the recorded version here. 


For this week’s Town Hall we are excited to review the RAR 2020 Refresher sets. Every spring we add approximately 90 new titles to our curated collection by creating new Refresher Sets for every age categoryJoin us for the big reveal!  Register here. 

The robust attendance and participation at our Town Hall meetings has been a rewarding exchange of ideas and collaboration. Your contributions are helping us move forward in constructive and beneficial ways that meet the needs of our Affiliates. Thank you. 


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 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 (now in Spanish and Chinese!) 


Professional Development & E-Learning 

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


May 5: 12pm PT/ 3pm ET 

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

May 12 special webinar: 9:30-11 am PT/ 12:30pm-2pm ET  

United Way Brings Noggin to GLR Communities: Equipping Parents as Essential Partners 

May 12: 12pm PT/ 3pm ET 
Early Childhood Innovation for Impact in a Crisis: A Show+Tell Pop Up with Promise 
May 1912pm PT/ 3pm ET 

The Science of Reading, Part 2: Applying the Science in the Classroom