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Tahoe-Truckee schools recognized for grade-level reading efforts

Kelli Twomey
Special to the Sun

From left, Alicia Maldonado, CA Lead for National Campaign on Grade Level Reading; Rob Leri, TTUSD Superintendent; Laura Abbey Brown, Excellence in Education Foundation; and Ralph Smith, Senior V.P of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Director of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE — Ralph Smith, senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and director of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading, kicked off the Sept. 29 TTUSD Teacher Staff Development Day with a rousing affirmation of the work of the district and community to address grade-level reading.

In 2012, Tahoe Truckee was named an All-America City based on a community-wide plan to improve third-grade reading. Smith has been impressed with the implementation of the plan and wanted to visit the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

"There is something very special going on in this community that you don't see very often," Smith said. "There is a cohesion that is very rare."

The timing of Smith's visit coincided with a Staff Development Day, in which staff hosted a district-wide conference with more than 20 sessions to provide training to meet individual needs of teachers.

At the conclusion of his keynote speech, Smith officially recognized Tahoe-Truckee as a Pacesetter Community for implementation of the plan to promote early reading. He spent the remainder of his day with Tahoe-Truckee community partners, including Excellence in Education, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee, town of Truckee, Placer and Nevada counties, and the S.H. Cowell Foundation.

The group also took Smith on a tour of the area including the Family Resource centers, the Boys and Girls Club, KidZone Museum, school sites and housing areas.

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Kelli Twomey is Coordinator of Parent & Community Relations for TTUSD. Visit ttusd.org to learn more about the district.