Junior League of Troy Hosted Successful Childhood Literacy Symposium

Over two dozen people attended the Junior League of Troy symposium on improving childhood literacy on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Troy Boys and Girls Club, 1700 Seventh Avenue, Troy.

At the forum, Junior League of Troy volunteers joined with education experts, community activists and local officials to discuss strategies to improve literacy with a focus on childhood literacy.

We were pleased to have noted education advocate and 2013 School Administrators Association of New York State’s (SAANYS) Outstanding Educator of the Year Peter DeWitt as our moderator for the evening.

Some of the questions we asked included:

* What literacy skills do children need in order to reach the Common Core Learning Standards in Kindergarten?

* What are some barriers that families face that can impact children’s literacy skills?

* What programs have worked to improve childhood literacy?

* How can parents, families and the community encourage children to read?

* How can we build family and community partnerships to ensure that Troy’s children possess the literacy skills they need to succeed?

* How can we support our educators and provide a community environment that encourages literacy?

Video from the symposium is here: http://www.jltroy.org/childhoodliteracy-2/

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