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For Everyone, for free, forever and…

Unite for Literacy is a Social Enterprise. We are a for-profit business committed to maximizing our social and economic impact on literacy.  My role within Unite for Literacy is Business Development.  As I share our story, search for sponsors and grow our business, I’m frequently asked the same question, which is frequently followed by the […]

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New Conversations for Communities

“Community” is a term we use for “a social unit of any size that shares common values.” A community can be a family, or a classroom, or a place of worship or club, or a neighborhood, or of course a town or any larger political unit with common values. It’s clear that healthy literacy is a foundational quality of […]

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Free Books for the World’s Families are Just Around the Corner

Last Friday I invited the world (well, everybody that read that blog) into a new conversation about Reading. More specifically, I reminded readers of some very important issues and research that don’t seem to be part of the current conversations in literacy circles. The current buzz is only focused on standards and teacher assessment and […]

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No. Really.

We’re Starting a NEW Conversation about Reading If you have been following my blog lately, you have heard me assert that it is time to “Change the Conversation” around basic literacy. ·                     In late January, referring to babies, toddlers and preschoolers, I suggested that the value in reading a book with kids doesn’t only have […]

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It’s Family Scholarly Culture! …wait…What?

  In a recent research report [i], written by sociologists, the phrase, Family Scholarly Culture, was used to describe the quality of life inside homes where books regularly serve as levers for inserting new ideas and experiences into the ongoing  family conversation. This research was conducted in 27 countries (of every economic level and every […]

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The Long and the Short of Reading

Recently, I’ve made some (what I would hope to be perceived as) gentle (though utterly failed) attempts to coax my colleagues into a discussion about what I see as our confused priorities when it comes to reading education. Beginning with the premise that “What gets measured gets done,” I have shared my observations that our […]

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Why would you WANT to Fly?

The school library is the most important room in the school. No, Really. It is! For the sake of those who may doubt this assertion, permit me to begin with the more basic idea that avid reading is the keystone of a complete education… “Keystone” of course means that without it everything falls apart. In […]