Dear Raising A Reader Network,   

The Innovation Team at RAR National has been busy! Our Super Summer Book Bags were a big hit so we’re approaching the fall with a similar resource that will include families AND teachers. Our Fabulous Fall Family Packs will contain six bilingual books, plus a guide for families to engage in at-home literacy activities using everyday household items that connect to the books. Downloadable resources will be available to further enhance the learning experience. Educators can purchase a classroom set that includes an Implementer Guide to convert these kits to a shared resource incorporated into the classroom curriculum. Watch this space for more details!

This week’s Town Hall will feature two special guests: 

  • Christine Thorsteinson, Director of Early Education
    Silicon Valley Community Foundation

The Big Lift is a countywide initiative in San Mateo County located in the SF Bay Area focused on improving 3rd grade literacy. RAR has been identified as the primary family engagement strategy.

The Big Lift implemented their Inspiring Summers program in-person with 500 students. They will share an overview of their successful health and safety guidelines, virtual family workshops, and partnership with their local library.

  • Angela Sawyer & Amy Berbert, Early Literacy Coordinators
    Martin Pitt Partnership for Children

Angela and Amy will share how they plan to virtually communicate with Implementers and families, and offer information on their parent workshops. 

Please join us this Friday, August 14, for these exciting topics and more! Register here for RAR Town Hall Meetings.

LAST CHANCE – If you haven’t already completed the Going Back Plan survey, please take a moment to share your current plans for connecting with families and how we can support your efforts.

Kindest regards,

The Raising A Reader team  

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