Local coalition to represent Tahoe Truckee at All American City Awards | SierraSun.com

Local coalition to represent Tahoe Truckee at All American City Awards

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe Truckee has been chosen as a finalist for the All-America City Award sponsored each year by the National Civic League.

Tahoe Truckee was one of 120 communities to submit a plan addressing grade level literacy, this yearand#8217;s area of focus. A coalition including Dr. Robert Leri, TTUSD superintendent; Laura Brown, Excellence in Education executive director; Ruth Hall, TTUSD early learning coordinator and Friends of the Truckee Library board member; Heidi Bushway Verkler, TTUSD teacher and Friends of the Kings Beach Library board member will represent Tahoe Truckee at the award conference in Denver, June 30-July 2. This year 10-15 communities will receive the All-America City Award. The awardees will be chosen from 32 finalists at the end of the conference July 2.

The conference will launch a national network committed to grade-level reading. Altogether, 124 cities and regions have joined the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Network, adopting a collective impact strategy that engages the full community around the goal of supporting low-income children from birth through third grade.

These efforts involve schools but acknowledge schools alone cannot address the myriad challenges that keep children from learning to read. In particular, the Campaign is focusing on:

and#8226; School readiness and#8212; preparing young children to begin school ready to learn

and#8226; School attendance and#8212; ensuring children in kindergarten through third grade regularly attend school

and#8226; Summer learning and#8212; addressing summer learning loss with engaging programs

The conference in Denver will provide communities the opportunity to meet with state and federal policymakers, national nonprofits, foundations and peers engaged in improving grade-level reading. The communities in the network will have access to an online help desk, peer-learning opportunities and a foundation registry designed to expand and replicate successful programs.

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