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Frequently Asked Questions about the 2013 Summit on Literacy: Reading Our Way to Prosperity.

Who should attend this event?

We are encouraging all business, elected officials, government, education, nonprofit, literacy service providers and community action/advocacy groups to attend.

Who are the scheduled presenters?

  • Sylvia M. Panetta, Co-Chair and CEO of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy
  • Dr. Ochoa, President, California State University, Monterey Bay
  • 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

Who are Sponsors of the Literacy Summit?

Sponsors are broken down by category level; Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. The complete list of sponsors by category can be found here

What is the Circle of Champions?

The Circle of Champions is comprised of business and community leaders who endorse and fully support the Literacy Summit.

Who are recognized as Circle of Champions?

Bruce Taylor of Taylor Farms, Mary Adams, CEO of the Monterey County United Way; Dan Baldwin, CEO of the Community Foundation for Monterey County; Don Chapin, Jr., business and community leader; David Armanasco, President, Armanasco Public Relations; Butch Lindley, business and community leader; Dennis Donohue; business and community leader; Jim Bogart, President of the Grower-Shippers Association; Steven Packer, MD, President/CEO of the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula; Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools; Kellie Morgantini, Executive Director, Legal Services for Seniors; Mel Mason, community leader; Nancy Harray, President, Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries; Nancy Ausonio, Community Leader; Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, President, California State University, Monterey Bay; Joe Grainger, President, Harden Foundation; Carlos Ramos, LULAC Council No. 2895; Francine Rodd, Executive Director, First 5 Monterey County; Willard Clark Lewallen, Ph.D.,
Superintendent/President, Hartnell College;  Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin of Taylor Farms; Harry Wardwell, Regional President, Rabobank; Mary Ann Leffel, President, Monterey County Business Council;  Mary Claypool, community leader; and Bill Perocchi, CEO, the Pebble Beach Company.

What will the format of the Literacy Summit be?

There will 8 presenters, each addressing a specific topic: the importance of reading on grade-level; literacy and its importance to the economies of individuals and the community; solutions and efforts across the country to address reading proficiency and obtain grade-level reading success.

What will  attendees at the Summit come away with?

Attendees will come away with a better sense of awareness that literacy skills and success in the early grades are strong predictors of the likelihood of dropout or success in secondary school; and that literacy is a key skill and is a precursor to the acquisition of critical thinking as well as relevant workforce skills in secondary, tertiary and vocational training programs.

 What are the  outcomes of the Summit?

The outcomes for the Summit will include: building greater awareness of the literacy crisis; increasing the understanding of the importance of reading at grade level; creating a platform for attendees to collaborate and; uniting in a call to action; beginning the creation of localized plans for change.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact the Literacy Campaign here.

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