Only 18% of low-income students are reading proficiently by the age of 9. This means that without access to opportunities for needed literacy support, 8 out of 10 low-income students will miss the critical early reading benchmark: shifting from learning to read to reading to learn. In response to this crisis, public library and public school systems in the US are working together to ensure that low-income, struggling young readers, in grades K-3 are accessing public library reading support services. Join this session to learn how the Urban Libraries Council convened school system leaders and public library leaders as part of a National Forum, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to identify partnership strategies and practices that enable libraries to reach and best serve the young readers who most need support. Learn from a panel of public library leaders about their school partnerships and their collaborative literacy programming for K-3rd grade students. Participants will receive a copy of the ULC publication resulting from the National Forum, including key strategies and recommendations. Consider how the strategies can work for your library to build school partnerships that close the opportunity gap in your community.
Content Area: Transforming: Teaching & Learning
Interests: Administration and Management, Children’s Services, Community Engagement, Leadership, Librarianship, Partnerships, Public Programs, Social Change, Transforming Libraries, Urban Libraries
Type of Library: Community College, Elementary School, Library School, Nonprofit, Public, Student
Cost: Included with full conference registration.