Maya Payne Smart is a writer, parent educator, and literacy advocate. Join her for a conversation about her new book, “Reading for Our Lives,” which challenges the bath-book-bed mantra and the idea that reading aloud to our kids is enough to ensure school readiness. Instead, it gives parents easy, immediate, and accessible ways to nurture language and literacy development from the start. Through personal stories, historical accounts, scholarly research, and practical tips, this book presents the life-and-death urgency of literacy, investigates inequity in reading achievement, and illuminates a path to a true, transformative education for all.
About the Les Aspin Center for Government:
During the past 30 years, more than 2,500 students have spent a semester at Marquette’s Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C., interning in nearly 100 Congressional offices, numerous executive agencies and diverse interest groups.