Dear Raising A Reader Network,  

It’s July! A time for enjoying summer activities as well as a time for planning for the program year ahead. With the COVID pandemic affecting the operating status of our schools and programs, implementing Raising A Reader may look different than in years past. Over the past several weeks, Raising A Reader has developed and shared our recovery plan that includes the development of resources to support program implementation as well as innovations and modifications to the model. We are pleased to share these resources with you below:

  1. Raising A Reader Replacement Sets Now Available! Many Affiliates have experienced a loss of materials due to COVID closures, including Red Book Bags, tags and books. To help Affiliates replenish lost or damaged materials, Raising A Reader has created Replacement Sets designed to get your RAR program ready for rotation. These Replacement Foundation and Supplemental Building Block Sets contain Red Book Bags w/ tags and board or Kapco-covered books (depending on age). The complete selection of Replacement Foundation Sets and Supplemental Building Blocks can be found on our website.

  2. DEADLINE EXTENDED! Due to high demand, Raising A Reader’s Super Summer Book Bags are now available for purchase until July 17! Aligned with school readiness standards and designed to support summer learning loss, the Super Summer Book Bags contain tools and activities for 6 weeks of summer learning fun. Act now! Limited quantities available!

  3. Join us for our weekly Town Hall on Friday, July 10, as Raising A Reader continues to discuss the COVID Recovery Plan, including ideas and modifications for program implementation. Register here.

Kindest regards,

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.

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:

Campaign for Grade-level Reading

Next week, will be GLR Week 2020 with a week-long series of events and activities sponsored by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the states and local communities in the GLR Network, all geared toward ensuring early school success; mobilizing efforts to slow, stop and reverse learning loss; and embracing parents as essential partners. Register today. 

Effective Practices Summer Webinar Series: Trauma-Informed Family and Community Engagement. Part 3:

July 22
Trauma-informed Practices in MD and PA with the Collaborative Action for Family Engagement Center and Dr. Seth Shaffer. Register here

Registrants are encouraged to watch this 15-minute TED talk and read this short summary of the ACEs study for background on the science behind trauma.

12:00 PM PT | 3:00 PM ET

COX Campus
Summer Learning & School Readiness For Families

Develop and extend your child’s learning through meaningful interactions and engaging activities in everyday situations – in the way that best suits your family – so everyone is ready when school starts again. Learn more.