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Mortar and Bricks: How Tennessee’s Early Literacy Champions Achieved the Extraordinary
Join us to learn how a state education department, community literacy organization, and 112 districts collaborated to provide virtual family engagement support to 160,000 families - FAST.

During a year of unexpected change in our children’s education and learning environment, Tennessee identified the need, addressed the challenge, and created the connection to support families of young children with barrier-free literacy resources at their fingertips.

In 2021, the Tennessee Department of Education and Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation partnered with 112 local school districts to provide 160,000 families with Ready4K, a research-based text messaging program to help parents support their students in learning at home by building on existing daily routines.

Aligned with the state’s early literacy initiative, Reading 360, Tennessee’s approach demonstrates the importance of a holistic, collaborative vision and identifying the right community partners to give children and families easy access to resources.

This is the story of how in just six months dedicated school district leaders and three organizations, made up of a small team with a clear focus and an unwavering commitment to early literacy, worked together to implement a successful, statewide family engagement program.

- Megan Gallagher, Director of Partner Success at ParentPowered
- Scott Meltzer, Director of Engagement, Tennessee Department of Education
- Paige Atchley Shapiro, Senior Program Manager, Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation
- Dr. Rhonda Stringham, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Kingsport City Schools

Sep 15, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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