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January 2021

Raising A Reader's Affiliate Town Hall Meetings are back! For 2021, we have a new monthly format featuring best practices from the Affiliate Network, timely news and updates from the National office, and experts from the field of early literacy and family engagement. 

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February 

Get ready to start rotation once again by hearing best practices from RAR and RAR Affiliates during the February Town Hall, entitled: Getting Back To Rotation! Sherry Granberry, Wayne County Public Library (NC), shares how she continues to connect with parents and provide meaningful workshops. Donna Beedle, AZCEND (AZ), has successfully implemented a drive thru and provided resources to continue rotating Red Book Bags in the community.

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March 

Dr. Julianne Zvalo-Martyn, Associate Professor of the School of Education at Brandman University specializing in Early Childhood Education, discussed the building blocks of kindergarten readiness. 

Christine Slaymaker, Head Start/Early Head Start Family Services Manager at CAP of Sonoma County (and Raising a Reader Coordinator), shared how she has made Raising A Reader the solution for her programs. 

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Dr. Zvalo-Martin's Slide Deck

 

April

This Town Hall featured best practices for Library connections and using the Blue Library Bags. As the Affiliate Network continues to face challenges of the pandemic, addressing summer learning recovery, library connections and community partnerships are vital for our organizations. We heard from Chalese Miller, Mono County Office of Education, on how they are meeting the challenge. 

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May

What is in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and What It Means for You! During this Town Hall, we were joined by The Education Trust, Hana Ma, Senior Policy Analyst and Senior P-12 Research Associate, Carrie Gillispie to discuss an overview of the American Rescue Plan and an update on American Families Plan. Following that discussion, RAR Affiliates share how they’ve used stimulus funding. This webinar will be a great opportunity for you to ask questions and gain perspective on what to expect from The American Rescue Plan.     

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June

Gearing Up for the School Year! Join us for our June Town Hall where we discussed going back plans for School Year 21-22.  Learn about what RAR Affiliates are doing to prepare for the year ahead and what RAR tools are available to help you along the way. REALM updated findings and recommendations are also shared. Facilitated by Rebecca Armstrong.

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July

Raising A Reader's monthly Town Hall for July 2021 features information on three of our partner organizations helping families engage in book sharing and reading strategies that promote the love of reading, including an inspirational chat with Share the Magic Foundation's Read with Malcolm Executive Director Malcolm Mitchell.

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August

Join the Town Hall already in progress. In this Town Hall, RAR shares information about two grant opportunities for digital partnership projects with Ready4K and Worldreader.  Also hear about new resources developed by Raising A Reader to address the new landscape of family engagement.

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September

Join our September 2021 Town Hall already in progress with presentations from our Affiliate Network on their plans for fall implementation of their Raising A Reader programs.

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