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Guest Post by Mike Nassar, M.Ed.
Director, Community Literacy Initiative

The Literacy Center's Annual Community Literacy Summit, Reading by Third Grade: Our Shared Opportunity, Our Shared Responsibility, will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 7:30 am- 1:00 pm at Grand Valley State University's Eberhard Center.

There has been no shortage of debate about the State of Michigan’s recent law on third grade reading. Schools arechild reading currently working to get the word out to families about the law and its implications, while also preparing teachers for upcoming meetings with parents. Improving reading results for children in West Michigan is important to all of us.

This year’s Community Literacy Summit seeks to bring together community members to further discuss and understand the issues and conditions associated with a child reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Do you have something to contribute to the conversation? Our deadline has been extended to October 30 for presentation proposals for our break-out sessions.

Our focus is in these theme areas:
• Attendance and Social Issues
• Bridging Home and School
• Early Childhood Care and Education
• Essential Teaching Strategies/Best Practices
• Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
• New Michigan Legislation on Third Grade Reading
• Promoting Positive Student Behavior/PBIS
• School Funding
• Social/Emotional Learning
• Summer Learning Loss
• Teacher Training and Preparation

We are seeking presentations that address the following key questions:
• What are current barriers to the attainment of proficiency?
• How are best practices incorporated in the presentation?
• How does the topic area advance racial equity?
• Given the questions above, what would be the “call to action” in your presentation?

Be a part of the Summit’s important dialogue. Submit your presentation proposal online at by Monday, October 30, 2017 [please note this deadline has been extended]. Proposals will be reviewed by the selection committee, and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by November 27, 2017.

For more information, contact:
Mike Nassar
616-459-5151 or

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