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Dr. Joanne Meier

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Literacy pledge cards for parents

August 31, 2012

I'm very excited about a new project I've been working on. It's a series of webinars focused on Parent Engagement, produced by Reading Rockets in partnership with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. You can read more about the series here. You can also see the PPT slides our presenters used for the first webinar, and links to many related resources. We'll update that page each time we have a new webinar.

Our first webinar featured three speakers. One was Sandra Gutierrez from Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors. Ms. Gutierrez, the National Program Director, oversees this parenting, leadership and advocacy training program for low-income, primarily Spanish-speaking parents of children from birth to age 5.

Ms. Gutierrez shared a Literacy Pledge Card that is part of their parent engagement program. Parents sign the card, and pledge to do simple things that can make a big difference: read, talk, and sing with their child, encourage their child to ask questions, take their child to the library, and more. The Literacy Pledge Card is available in English and in Spanish.

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