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Literacy Coalition News
Sept/Oct 2012



Why is Third Grade Reading so important?

The Annie E. Casey Report: Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation inspired and launched the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. A national movement that focuses on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation, grade level reading by the end of third grade, that critical pivot point between learning to read and reading to learn, in three target areas: school readiness (too many children are entering school not ready to learn); chronic absence (too many children missing too many days of school); and summer learning loss (too many children are losing academic ground over the summer).

As charter members of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, we know that schools cannot succeed alone and the academic success of children, especially from low-income families, requires engaged communities.  This effort is built upon the original strategic planning process that took place in 2007 with over 200 community members and led to the creation of the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County. We have now sharpened our focus on school readiness and family literacy, a dual-generation approach, as nothing is more basic, more essential, more foundational and more important to a child's success in life than the ability to read well. Together... this is a problem we can solve. Learn more »

CNY Reading Council presents Celebrate Literacy Award

The NYS Reading Association is an affiliate of the International Reading Association comprised of more than 30 local reading councils, including the CNY Reading Council, having a total membership of over 2,500 educators from across New York State. Their annual conference held on Oct. 28-30 in Liverpool, NY, has always been committed to encouraging the professional development of educators in the area of literacy, which, in turn, promotes a literate society valuing lifelong learning for everyone.

This year's theme "Literacy: Common Core and Beyond!" focuses on the instructional integration of the Common Core State Learning Standards with literacy to promote greater student performance in all areas of education. Learn more »

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Kathy Lester, Pres. CNY Reading Council, presents our Executive Director, Ginny Carmody, with their "Celebrate Literacy 2012" Award at their Annual Books & Brunch for exemplary service in promoting literacy in the Central New York community. (Photo credit: Kathy Hinchman).

Hundreds of Syracuse parents attend on OCC Campus

By Maureen Nolan, The Post-Standard

The Syracuse City School District and Say Yes launched Parent University, a new effort to provide Syracuse families with tools and information to support their children, especially in school. Parents spent most of the day on the Onondaga Community College campus in workshops on topics such as bullying, the new core curriculum, how to communicate well with kids and how to help boost a child's literacy skills. The summit kicked off what will be on-going classes and more summits.

The keynote speaker was educator and writer Baruti Kafele, who until recently was a principal in New Jersey. Kafele's words aimed to inspire and remind parents of their critical role in their children's success. He urged parents to hold their children and their schools accountable. "I find that as I travel across the country there are so many young people that we could have saved, there are so many young people who could have done whatever it is that they want to do in life, had their parents been there for them," he said. Read more »

ProLiteracy Starts New Chapter with Grand Opening of New Headquarters

ProLiteracy, the oldest and largest membership organization in the United States dedicated to advancing the cause of adult literacy and basic education, inaugurated its new headquarters in the Near West Side neighborhood of the City of Syracuse on September 7. Also housed in the new headquarters is the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County.

Today, ProLiteracy has never been stronger as we work to support our 1,250 local, national, and global member programs who serve more than 350,000 adult learners throughout the U.S. and around the world," says David C. Harvey, president and CEO. "We are grateful to the Central New York community of donors, foundations, and companies, and to our national donors who made our move possible.

ProLiteracy joined with Syracuse University's SALT District (Syracuse Arts, Literacy & Technology District) and the Near Westside Initiative to make the new headquarters a reality. The green renovated headquarters was constructed in a 100-year-old empty warehouse that was originally a factory in the early 1900s. WCNY, Central New York's public broadcasting station, is also relocating to the building, and new joint projects with WCNY are planned for the coming years.

"ProLiteracy's bold and smart move to the former Case Supply warehouse represents one of the signature steps forward for the revitalization of the Near West Side," says Marilyn Higgins, vice president of community engagement at Syracuse University. "The Near West Side Board, Syracuse University, and all of our residents and partners are thrilled to have the nation's premiere literacy organization as a new neighbor." Read more »

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ProLiteracy President and CEO David Harvey stands in their new offices. (Photo credit: Gary Walts / The Post-Standard).

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