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A Message from Raising A Reader 
June 9
, 2020

Dear Raising A Reader Network,   


Whilmeaningful demonstrations are being held across our nation, Raising A Reader wants to support teachers and families in ways that promote meaningful conversations with their children and community. During Friday’s Town Hall meeting we presented resources created for families, educators and communities to discuss race, racism and resistanceThere are book suggestions for children and adults; curriculum guides for teachers; and more... Here are links to the video and slide deck. We encourage you to share these tools to support the families you serve. There are ways for everyone to educate and communicate.  

As part of RAR’s Call to Action, shared in last week’s message, we are creating space for mental health and rest days for RAR Staff.  Our offices will be closed one day per month in June, July and August. We will be closed this Friday, June 12, and not hold a Town Hall, but hope you can join us on Friday, June 19.   

Super Summer Book Bags are Now Available for Pre-order! Help your kids beat the summer slide.   


Alsoas part of our Super Summer Series, we invite you to check out the read aloud videos on our YouTube channel. Each week a different author of a book in the RAR collection will read their book in English and Spanish. Cuddle up and watch Lulu Delacre read How Far Do You Love Me? or Monica Brown read Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match (en español). Remember to check to see new authors each week! 

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Kindest regards,

Michelle Torgerson and the Raising A Reader team  


Weekly Super Summer 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. 

 Friday, June 19 - Administrator to Implementer Buy-In 

 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. 


Disinfecting Materials Flyer 

Inventory Spreadsheet 
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: 

12:00 PM PT | 3:00 PM ET    


June 9, 2020 
CGLR:  Supporting Parents at Home—An Essential Step to Mitigating Learning Loss 

June 16, 2020 

CGLR:  Flattening the Curve on Learning Loss—State Considerations and Strategies 

July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22 

Tovi C. Scruggs-Hussein Presents: 

Mindful Allyship: An Intro Course for Heart-felt Racial Healing   

4 Week Introductory Course, Wednesdays 1pm (PDT), 3pm (CDT), 4pm (EDT)