If you attended the Summit on Literacy & the Economy: Reading Our Way to Prosperity event on October 25, 2013 then you were in a 300+ room full of the region’s business, policy & educational Leaders. It was a community event that offered perspectives and calls to action from local and national leaders advocating for the future of all children and the vitality of our economy.
The order of presenters included:
- Dr. Ochoa, President, California State University, Monterey Bay
- Sylvia M. Panetta, Co-Chair and CEO of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy
- Dr. Dowell Myers, Director, Population Dynamics Research Group at the University of Southern California and author of “Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America.”
- Mary Ann Leffel, President, Monterey County Business Council
- Ralph Smith, Managing Director of the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Alicia Maldonado, California Lead for the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
- Francine Rodd, Executive Director, First 5 Monterey County
- Mary Adams, CEO, United Way of Monterey County
The article in The Californian ‘Experts: Literacy Crisis will hurt us all‘ highlights the Literacy Summit- Courtesy of D.L Taylor. The complete series of presentations can be viewed below or Here. Courtesy of California State University, Monterey Bay.
Dr. Ochoa, President of California State University, Monterey Bay kicked off the event with an overview of the Universities efforts using the Strive Theory of Action model. Also termed “Cradle to Career” Dr. Ochoa states that “..This is a collaborative effort to confront a critical community problem and I am pleased our university can host it.” CSUMB news.
To view Dr. Ochoa’s “Strive Network and Monterey County” presentation Click Here.
Mrs. Sylvia M. Panetta’s gave a thought-provoking speech on the need to focus on our younger generations as they are our most valuable resources.
Dr. Dowell Myers, Director, Population Dynamics Research Group at the University of Southern California offered a captivating research-based perspectives on our shifting demographic and social-economic composition of California’s economy. The Californian, The Monterey County Herald and Monterey County Business Council sum up his presentation best. If you would like to view Dr. Myers “Immigrants & Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for Our Shared Future” presentation Click Here.
Ralph Smith, Managing Director of the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Alicia Maldonado, California Lead for the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading spoke about the third grade reading readiness efforts underway nationally and specifically California. The third grade is a benchmark year and if unchecked, each preceding year widens the achievement gap for students. Their presentation “Collective Vision, Community Impact: Coalition Building” is available Here.
Francine Rodd, Executive Director, First 5 Monterey County presented a compelling PBS preview video called ‘The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of America.’ This brief video offered an impactful and credible case for Early Childhood Development Initiatives (ECDI).
Francine concluded her presentation by saying that “..If you are clear from what you have heard today- that the status quo won’t do- because these are our children, their our responsibility and it makes sense for all of us to work together and the time is now. We invite you to help and work with us to move those needles. To weave those individual threads and sew a blanket of prosperity for all of us.”
Closing the event, Mary Adams, CEO, United Way Monterey County lead an action-oriented activity where participants could discuss and fill out pledge cards for future action.
Comments ranged from people dedicated to: reading to their grandchildren, further informing themselves about 3rd grade reading readiness to advocate for all students being college ready and many more! We will use the information collected on pledge cards to keep everyone informed about regional meetings in the new year (2014).
The Literacy Campaign for Monterey County again, would like to again thank all the Sponsors who funded and supported the Literacy Summit. We look forward to continuing to work collectively in the County towards increasing reading readiness by third grade, supporting children, families and the vitality of our economy.
Lets make Monterey County the best place for children! Join us.