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Harnessing Imitation to Boost Reading Achievement | Metro East Literacy Project

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by Javia Gilliam
April 30, 2018
When:
September 26, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2019-09-26T16:00:00-05:00
2019-09-26T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
The Venture Café Gathering (James Crutchfield)
4240 Duncan Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
USA
Harnessing Imitation to Boost Reading Achievement | Metro East Literacy Project @ The Venture Café Gathering (James Crutchfield) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Is it acceptable to you that around 67 percent of our nation’s children and 80 percent of low-income children are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade? What are the potential consequences to our communities if children are not able to acquire the most fundamental skill that advances every aspect of our lives? How does a lack of skilled readers impact the local economy, spread the achievement gap, limit technology advancements, increase incarceration rates, and continue intergenerational poverty? There are many school-based approaches to addressing the problem. However, in this session, hosted by Linda Mitchell, founder of the Metro East Literacy Project, you’ll learn about a simple home-based solution called the Imitate Reading Initiative. This initiative empowers parents to read in front of their children in order to boost their child’s reading achievement. As a former teacher and parent educator who performed over 1,000 home visits to St. Louis families, Linda recognizes that education begins at home. What we need is to develop a culture of reading in the home, and that starts by getting adult books in the hands of parents so they can read in front of their little children. In this session you’ll learn a dirty little secret I learned from my illiterate grandmother that will show any parent how to become their child’s reading role model.

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