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Does your child have trouble reading? This event will explain why and what you can do to help

Does your child have trouble reading? Or have you wondered why so many Kentucky kids can’t?

The Courier Journal invites you to a community event designed to provide answers.

The free event will include information and advice from literacy experts and help from parents who have successfully fought for phonics-focused reading instruction for their children. It will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15 at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York St.

The event is for the whole family and will include a special story time for children.

The Courier Journal event follows the publication of journalist Mandy McLaren’s investigation “Between the Lines: Why Kentucky Children Can’t Read and Who’s to Blame”. McLaren’s five-part series reveals that while other states are change their methods of teaching reading and materials to a more phonics-centric approach, much of Kentucky clings to a form of teaching that is criticized across the country as potentially harmful to children’s long-term reading abilities.

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McLaren reviewed dozens of records and datasets – including more than 15 years of data from Kentucky’s Read to Achieve grants program, read half a dozen books, and interviewed more than 125 children, parents, educators, literacy experts, college professors and government officials.

During the Courier Journal event, McLaren will lead a panel discussion focusing on the best ways to teach kids to read based on science and what Kentucky can do to help kids.

The panelists are:

  • Maria Becharda qualified speech therapist and full-time literacy tutor in County Oldham who works with children of all ages;
  • Kate Farrow, a mother who went to great lengths to secure science-based reading lessons for her son;
  • LaToya Whitlock, co-founder of the Louisville-based nonprofit Decoding Projecta group that teaches low-income children science reading;
  • Rep. Tina Bojanowskia Louisville Democrat who co-sponsored legislation with two Republicans that became the Read to Succeed Act of 2022, Kentucky’s new literacy law.

At the event, several non-profit groups and agencies that help young people learn to read will provide information and assistance.

The event is free but registration is required. Use this link to Register: https://usatn.enmotive.com/events/register/2022-read-between-the-lines.

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