Three T&L Conference Sessions That Will Help Educators and Parents Address an Inconvenient Truth
By Ralph Smith
Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
The list of concurrent sessions offered at Teaching & Learning 2015 shows several that address an inconvenient truth: There is a large and growing number of children in the United States who will find it difficult to succeed even in what we now consider high-functioning schools with effective classroom teaching.
Especially in the early grades, these are children who start school too far behind, children who fall behind because... ...
Grade-level reading discussed at White House
On December 15, 2014, Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, participated in a panel discussion at the White House Summit on Early Education. The conversation focused on the expansion of private investment in early learning. Below is a summary of Smith’s remarks:
Delighted to be here. Earlier today, presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett applauded the “coalition of the willing.” And I agree. When I look out at this gathering, I see the army... ...
Tweet up a storm
Flex those fingers and help us take Twitter by storm.
In conjunction with the White House-sponsored Summit on Early Education, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has joined practitioners, advocates, policymakers and philanthropists to launch Invest in US -- a cross-sector initiative to promote greater investments in the early years.
A Twitterstorm is planned today. Please consider adding your two cents (in 140 characters or less, of course).
This is our chance to spread the word: School readiness is a key... ...
Everything you need to know to be a 2014 Pacesetter
It's that time again.
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is gearing up to award Pacesetter Honors to local coalitions that are "leading by example" in their quest to remove barriers to early literacy.
Got a story to tell? Take part in the 2014 self-nomination process described below.
1. What are the Campaign Pacesetter Honors?
The Campaign Pacesetter Honors are among the highest awards presented by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. These awards recognize communities that are “leading by example” to... ...
English comes in many forms
One of the challenges facing any elementary school teacher in an urban, high-poverty environment is helping children who speak an African-American dialect of English. Academic success requires students to demonstrate command of standard English grammar by the end of elementary school, and that’s not easy if students can’t understand a teacher’s academic language and a teacher can’t understand students’ speech.
Despite some public controversies, the issue is not trying to teach young black children to abandon... ...