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Literacy Coalition News
May/June 2016

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Beat the Summer Slide... and READ!

School’s out. It’s hot out. And yet, summer is a time of learning.

For little ones, summer is filled with teachable moments and opportunities to read aloud.

For school-aged ones, summer can be a dangerous slide that erodes knowledge built over the school year. Or, summer can be a time to make gains in knowledge, stimulate imaginations, and build enthusiasm for learning by reading and reading out loud.

According to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, “Research spanning 100 years has proven that students lose ground academically when they are out of school for the summer.”

We can always count on the libraries in Onondaga County to start their Summer Reading Programs. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set... READ!” and provides a wide range of free programming to families in the City of Syracuse and throughout the County.

National Summer Learning DayAgain this year, we’re thrilled to partner with Destiny USA for Summer Learning Day on Tuesday July 12, 2016 from 12:00PM-2:00PM in the Canyon Area at Destiny USA to raise awareness about the importance of summer learning. Join us for a wonderful day of family fun, free books, face painting, arts & crafts and activities with a growing list of community partners, including special appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog and Otto the Orange too!

This is part of Destiny USA’s ‘Tykes Tuesday’ summer family programming throughout July and August. Regal Cinemas will also be presenting age appropriate films at 10 am on the third level for $1 admission on this day. According to Destiny folks, over 300 children and their families attended our last year's event! Learn more »

Summer Learning Day is a national initiative designed to elevate the importance of keeping kids leaning, safe and healthy every summer. To learn more about the importance of summer learning please watch this message from First Lady Michelle Obama:

We’re asking everyone – parents, families, schools, educators, policymakers, businesses – to make summer a season of learning by pledging to #KeepKidsLearning! Learn more »

The Rotary Club of Syracuse Honors Dr. Bob Laubach

The Dr. Robert S. Laubach Memorial Library was named in honor of a pioneer in adult literacy education, founder of New Readers Press, ProLiteracy Board Member and proud Syracuse Rotarian. The dedication ceremony was held on June 8th at the North Side Learning Center, located at 501 Park Street.

Read the blog posted by Greg Stultz, Educational Sales Consultant at New Readers Press about the wonderful ceremony, support from the Rotary Club and learn more »

OCM BOCES officially opens new main campus in Salina

By Rick Moriarty | rmoriarty@syracuse.com
May 24, 2016

Salina, N.Y. — The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services has turned the former Nationwide Insurance Co. building off 7th North Street into its main campus.

The first floor houses the BOCES adult education program, including 14 full-time certification programs and hundreds of part-time courses. More than 500 students, instructors and staff use the building.

BOCES administrative offices, with more than 150 employees, are on the second floor. Later this summer, the lower level of the building will house the BOCES Science Center, a regional center that distributes thousands of instructional science kits — 41 different types — to elementary teachers in 27 school districts. Learn more »

Too Small to Fail

By Nicholas Kristof | New York Times
June 2, 2016

Actually, preschool may be a bit late. Brain research in the last dozen years underscores that the time of life that may shape adult outcomes the most is pregnancy through age 2 or 3.

“The road to college attainment, higher wages and social mobility in the United States starts at birth,” notes James Heckman, a Nobel-winning economist at the University of Chicago. “The greatest barrier to college education is not high tuitions or the risk of student debt; it’s in the skills children have when they first enter kindergarten.”

Heckman is not a touchy-feely bleeding heart. He’s a math wiz renowned for his work on econometrics. But he is focusing his work on early education for disadvantaged children because he sees that as perhaps the highest-return public investment in the world today.

He measures the economic savings from investments in early childhood — because less money is spent later on juvenile courts, prisons, health care and welfare — and calculates that early-education programs for needy kids pay for themselves several times over. Learn more »

Enroll your child in Imagination Library today!

Reading to your child from birth is one of the most important activities you can do to ensure he or she is prepared for school and also prepared for life, research tells us. Sharing reading time not only helps introduce your baby to language but also aids in proper brain development and assists in strengthening your bond as parent and child. Learn more »

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