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September 27, 2018 | Washington, DC

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Ed Week

7 Lessons Learned From Leaders in Business, Education Working to Boost Literacy
By: Michele Molnar

The inability of 25 million U.S. children and teens to read proficiently, and the impact of literacy challenges in the workplace, became the catalyst for an exchange of ideas and experiences as part of a National Reading Coalition gathering held in D.C. last week.

Literacy gaps that limit the ability of children to succeed exist “across the country, in every community—from urban to suburban, to rural,” said Alicia Levi, president and CEO of Reading is Fundamental, which convened this first meeting of organizations working on the issue. Read More...

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Passion for Reading Powered Her Success
By: Michele Molnar

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says a passion for words and reading paved her way to the highest court in the country. She delivered that message recently at a Reading is Fundamental event here promoting literacy—and honoring her contributions to it, with her new children's book, Turning Pages: My Life Story.

The book, aimed at 4- to 8-year-olds, describes how words riveted her, even before she could read. Sotomayor answered questions posed by Lulu Delacre, who illustrated the book, before about 100 attendees at the National Reading Coalition 2018 last week. Read More...

America's Promise Alliance

Sonia Sotomayor: “Reading Is the Key to Success”
By: Beah Jacobson

What’s your earliest memory of loving to read? When panelists were asked that question at the 2018 National Reading Coalition by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) last week, their answers resonated strongly with the book-loving audience: hiding under the covers with a flashlight to finish a book well past bedtime, diving into the pages of a Nancy Drew classic, or heading to the local library in summer months to snag the next adventure on the reading list.

Yet all too often, children aren’t afforded the opportunity to experience these formative moments. Across the country, 63 percent of children read below grade level, and only 37 percent of students graduate high school reading proficiently. These rates constitute what RIF calls a ‘literary crisis.’ Read More...