Great story in the Tennessean from my friend Vesia Hawkins. She puts a very real face to the crisis of literacy in her home town of Tennessee, where only a THIRD of kids in 3rd-8th grade are reading proficient.
I had to share this story for so many reasons:
- Broward has been addressing this very problem in a community-wide effort through Broward Reads! and is seeing results. The Children’s Services Council, United Way, Broward Schools and even Jet Blue are making it happen.
- Culture and comprehension is inextricably tied to learning to read, and reading to learn. Our newest blogger, Talitha Anyabwele, has dedicated her life’s work to addressing just that issue.
- And, finally, because Vesia Hawkins is a Bad-mama-jama who puts her time and efforts where her heart is, in saving our babies in this crisis of education. Only 1/3 at grade level, testing issues and lowering the bar for the 2025 goal to 50% is a very real crisis!