In early 2015, nearly 300 citizens across Charlotte-Mecklenburg answered our public call to participate on one of our Working Groups. Each Working Group is aligned with one of our four pillars and comprised of concerned citizens, content experts and practitioners. In 2016, our four working groups helped us develop a community-wide strategic action plan to reach our ambitious goal of 80% third grade reading proficiency by 2025. The Working Groups helped us choose community indicators, systems change goals, and a mix of evidence-based strategies for action. Going forward we will regularly convene the Working Groups to report on our progress seek their input and feedback on as we continue to learn and adapt our efforts.
We are incredibly grateful for the time, talents and energy of this dedicated group of Charlotteans to help us reach our important goal of 80% of third graders reading on grade level by 2025.
Ages: Birth-4 years
Focus: Early language development
Objective: To provide parents and caregivers with knowledge and resources to infuse language development starting at birth.
Members: Barbara Bascom, Barbara Cantisano, Fannie Flono (Co-Chair), Rebecca Hefner, Linda Hutchinson (Co-Chair), Whitney Jackson, Mary Johnson, Pilar Perez, and Shonta Walker
Ages: Birth-4 years, Pre-Kindergarten
Focus: School readiness
Objective: To ensure students start school developmentally on track and ready to learn.
Members: Vivian Correa (Co-Chair), Dominic Henriques, Devonya Govan-Hunt (Co-Chair), Eric Johnson, Emily Nanney, Anthony Trotman, Liz Winer and Cass Wolfe
Ages: 5-8 years, K-3
Focus: In-school instruction and supports
Objective: To help students develop into proficient readers by the end of third grade through strong classroom instruction and appropriate supports.
Members: Suzanne Adams (Co-Chair), Adina Casey, Todd Dalrymple, Tina Fincher, Ivy Gill, Betty Howell-Gray, Kristin Keuhn-Follum, Andrea Restrepo, Mariam Tisdale and Deborah Walker (Co-Chair)
Ages: 5-8 years, K-3
Focus: Literacy-rich summer learning programs
Objective: To ensure that elementary school students maintain school-year gains during the summer months.
Members: Angie Caffee, Blair Campbell (Co-Chair), John Martin (Co-Chair), Lisa McMillan, Jen McDonald, Jennifer Meyers, Amanda Nickens, Greg Schermbeck and Sarah Shifflet