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Community Literacy Summit 2013

Thank you to our Community Literacy Summit presenters, partners, and attendees for making the 2013 event a success!

The Community Literacy Summit seeks to develop a community that is 100% literate by helping participants learn about, understand, and implement best practices to overcome barriers to literacy.

Everyone has a stake in literacy. Whether you’re a parent, an employer, an educator, a health care provider or other service provider, you can be part of the solution.

Opening Ceremony & Keynote Address: Dr. Juan Olivarez, Aquinas College; Susan K. Ledy, Literacy Center of West Michigan; Rhoda Janzen, NYTimes Bestselling Author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Lindsay McHolme, Community Literacy Initiative; Chana Edmond-Verley, Believe 2 Become & Teresa Weatherall-Neal, Grand Rapids Public Schools; Carol Paine-McGovern, Kent Schools Services Network; & Keynote Speaker Hedy Chang, Attendance Works


Community Self-Assessment & Results


The Why, What, and How of Attendance Work in Elementary Schools: Sergio Cira-Reyes, Sibley Elementary School & Kent Schools Services Network (KSSN); Elizabeth Davis, Department of Human Services & KSSN; Sarah Schantz, North Godwin Elementary School & KSSN; Abbey VanHoeven, Department of Human Services & KSSN

Fund Raising for Literacy Panel: Steven de Polo, Grand Valley State University; Judith Larsen, Grand Rapids Community College; Angela Morris, Kent Intermediate School District; Fritz Crabb, Fritz Crabb Consulting

Using ESL Support to Advance Workplace Training: Jane DeGroot, Literacy Center of West Michigan; Karen Krieg, Career Coach; Sue Kinney, Goodwill Industries


Effective Reading Intervention: Incorporating Community Volunteers: Amy Barto, Specialized Language Development Center

We’ve Got a Map for That: Navigating Community Profiles & MAPAS: Liz Delaney, M.S.W., Community Research Institute

Cracking Common Learning Myths: Michael Wolfe, PhD, Grand Valley State University

Opening the Door to Elevate an ESL Workforce: Sheila Rettig & Tim Paulson, Interpreter Network, LLC

Growing Readers through Family Literacy: Colleen Alles & Shay Kraley, Literacy Center of West Michigan

The Unconscious Learning Lies and the Unconscious Teaching Lies: Anneshia Freeman, The Lies that Bind–The Legacy of the Locks

Reducing Chronic Absenteeism through Neighborhood Engagement: Darel Ross & Ana Doonan, LINC Community Revitalization

Storytelling in Everyday Life: Sue Garza, Cook Library Center