Case Study: Supporting Kamehameha ‘Ohana Where They Are

Dr. Wai‘ale‘ale Sarsona has a mission: to increase access to early learning for families in Hawai’i. Like school leaders across the country, Sarsona faced unexpected challenges when COVID arrived on the islands. But with Hawai‘i’s unique geography and her team’s specific learning goals, she knew the best solution would require thinking differently. As Vice PresidentContinue reading “Case Study: Supporting Kamehameha ‘Ohana Where They Are”

Case Study: A Safety Net and a Springboard

By Curran Mahowald, Partnerships Manager Preventing and mitigating the effects of trauma was already a focus back in 2019 when Principal Domenic Russo first presented his vision for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and social and emotional learning. That was the year when Lee Antonello Elementary School established a trauma informed partnership with ProjectHEAL.  LikeContinue reading “Case Study: A Safety Net and a Springboard”

Mortar and Bricks: How Tennessee’s Early Literacy Champions Achieved the Extraordinary

James Pond, president of Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), knows that strong foundations require both bricks and mortar. That’s why his team at GELF focuses on knowing their community and connecting and cementing opportunities to grow early literacy success in Tennessee. So when a global pandemic hit, GELF’s commitment to collaboration and understanding the workContinue reading “Mortar and Bricks: How Tennessee’s Early Literacy Champions Achieved the Extraordinary”

Meeting Parents Where They Are: WAKE Up and Read

Literacy doesn’t occur in isolation.  That simple statement is at the heart of WAKE Up and Read, a coalition of 35 different agencies and organizations across Wake County founded in 2011. From the Wake County Public Schools Office of Early Learning to The Daniel Center for Math and Science, from the Wake County Libraries toContinue reading “Meeting Parents Where They Are: WAKE Up and Read”

Evidence to Impact: Ready4K & Sequatchie Valley Head Start

By Maya Sussman, Director of Product With centers spread across five counties and almost 2,000 square miles, Sequatchie Valley Head Start (SVHS) serves families living in a large area of rural Tennessee, at the Southern end of the Appalachian Mountains. Each year SVHS enrolls about 400 children from low-income families, ranging in age from infantsContinue reading “Evidence to Impact: Ready4K & Sequatchie Valley Head Start”