Strengthening Literacy: Power in Partnerships

On Wednesday, November 18, Read Fort Worth held its Strengthening Literacy: Power in Partnerships virtual event. At the event, FWISD Superintendent Kent Scribner and Read Fort Worth Executive Director Elizabeth Brands informed stakeholders of Read Fort Worth’s impact, provided a better grasp of the strategic priorities underway to improve early literacy performance, and encouraged the community to be a part of the solution alongside us moving forward.
 
A few highlights from the event:
  • First-ever Literacy Accord agreed to by Read Fort Worth and Fort Worth ISD recommitting to the partnership’s early literacy goals. The Accord formalizes roles, responsibilities, and goals to success with third-grade reading.
  • The Read Fort Worth Don Babers Reading Rewards Program announced in memory of Read Fort Worth Board Member Don Babers, who recently passed away. The Program encourages attendance at traditional elementary schools in the same four pyramids in which Read Fort Worth worked this summer, rewarding students in schools with top in-person and virtual attendance with books.
  • Read Fort Worth remains focused on five strategic priorities to ensure all students can read on grade-level:
    1. Increasing School Readiness
    2. Reducing Chronic Absenteeism
    3. Preventing Summer Slide
    4. Counteracting Family Stressors
    5. Elevating Teacher Quality
 
Learn more about the impact Read Fort Worth made during the 2019-2020 academic year and our 2020-2021 strategic priorities.
 
While we do not attempt to mitigate the significant challenges that children, families, and our community still face in light of the global pandemic, we do see reasons for hope.
  • Community partners innovate solutions to what kids and families need and offered safe and secure in-person learning spaces this Spring when schools closed.
  • Our appreciation for teachers should never be higher. When living rooms became classrooms and all parents become homeschooling teachers, the significance of this job was lived in real-time in the homes of every parent across our nation.
  • Solutions co-developed with parent input have proven to be most impactful in achieving our common goals.
 
Each of us can be part of the solution! To learn more about how your expertise can help Fort Worth achieve our common early literacy goal, connect with us at contactus@readfortworth.org.