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.
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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