Who Cares?: A Personal Journey Overcoming Illiteracy

By Dr. Gregory A. Spencer, Vice President – Footsteps2Brilliance

Struggling with Illiteracy

Stupid, fool, ignorant, dumb. These were a few of the insults I received in school after moving from Gulfport, Mississippi to Oakland, California. I was illiterate; I couldn’t read, write, or function in the classroom setting. I found myself struggling in a world that didn’t welcome those who couldn’t produce, comprehend, or embrace English.

As an angry black boy that experienced a segregated elementary school in Mississippi, I had preconceived notions as to what learning was or should be. What I didn’t know until many years later is that I was, in essence, a second language learner due to illiteracy. I felt like an outcast, a foreigner in my own land. As a child, I stayed in the shadows so that I wouldn’t be laughed at or teased.

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Beat the Summer Slide: 7 Essential Tips for Keeping Students Sharp

Beat the Summer Slide: Tips for Student Engagement

Each summer, students risk falling into the “summer slide.” The summer slide is a phenomenon where students can lose up to two to three months of academic progress during the summer months, setting them back and making reentry into the next school year more difficult. Here are seven proactive strategies that educators can recommend to parents and caregivers to ensure students return to school ready to continue their learning journey without missing a beat. With these essential tips for student engagement, you can help your students beat the dreaded summer slide.

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Miss Kentucky 2022 Hannah Edelen Challenges Early Learners to Read and Write During National Family Literacy Month Modeled after Mayor Joe Meyer’s Early Childhood Initiative in Covington, KY.

For Immediate Release

Miss Kentucky 2022 Hannah Edelen  is challenging all Kentucky early learners to read and write during National Family Literacy Month beginning on November 1.  Joining this effort, Footsteps2Brilliance, a bilingual early literacy solution, is offering Kentucky children and families free access to interactive eBooks, songs, and games in English and Spanish. Kentucky families can access this free library at www.footsteps2brilliance.com/kentucky.

 

Inspired by Read Ready Covington‘s local initiative under the leadership of Mayor Joe Meyer, Hannah, a Kentucky teacher and author, created Read Ready Kentucky to equip all children with the tools to change the world through reading. As part of her Read Ready Kentucky campaign, she has partnered with Footsteps2Brilliance to provide access to a free library of 500+ interactive educational activities. Families can use this free library to participate in National Family Literacy Month by:

  • Reading books
  • Using the Footsteps2Brilliance Create-a-Book feature to write their own books
  • Recording themselves singing or reading the books
  • Taking selfies of themselves reading with their families
  • Sending their best work to Hannah at MissKY@footsteps2brilliance.com

 

“The access that all children will have through this free bilingual interactive library creates a much-needed bridge for literacy between school and home,” says Mayor Joe Meyer. “We look forward to seeing the students’ successes during National Family Literacy month.”

Participants will receive certificates signed by Miss Kentucky 2022. A select number also will receive a signed copy of Hannah’s book, Hank the Horse and the Case of the Missing Eggs or Honey the Horse and Kentucky Proud. Hannah wrote these books to teach young children, in a developmentally appropriate way, the importance of critically analyzing information and the value of Kentucky agriculture.

About Mayor Joe Meyer’s “Read Ready Covington”
Read Ready Covington is a city-wide early literacy initiative that helps families, caregivers and educators prepare our littlest readers to become future leaders. By using free access to learning applications such as Footsteps2Brilliance® and Clever Kids University® as well as other educational resources throughout the city, our shared goal creates an environment for lifelong learning in Covington that’s collaborative, comfortable and fun. Together, we are helping the children of Covington be prepared for a brighter future.

https://www.covingtonky.gov/government/departments/neighborhood-services/literacy

About Miss Kentucky 2022 Hannah Edelen
Hannah Edelen, Miss Kentucky 2022, is committed to student success. From teaching in her own classroom to inspiring students across the Commonwealth, Hannah encourages students to learn by sharing how education helped her overcome the obstacles in her life. Hannah recognizes the value of early literacy and how it is fundamental to creating a successful pathway whether it be attending a postsecondary institution, vocational training, military, or entering the workforce. “Together, let’s create a Read Ready Kentucky!””
https://misskentucky.org/meet-miss-kentucky

About Footsteps2Brilliance
Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc. is the breakthrough early learning platform that accelerates early literacy achievement by uniting the power of mobile gaming technology with the latest in cognitive research. Footsteps2Brilliance provides enticing, interactive, 24/7 learning experiences that digitally link school and home to give students the edge they need for success in school today and the world tomorrow.  For further information contact: info@footsteps2brilliance.com.

Can Riverside County Students Read Three Million Words This Spring?

For Immediate Release

Contact: Craig Petinak, Riverside County Office of Education, cpetinak@rcoe.us

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin Gomez, has announced a Three Million Word Reading Challenge for students in Riverside County. As part of the ongoing Literacy by 5th Grade Initiative, the challenge will coincide with the annual National Read Across America activities that begin on March 2, 2022.

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Riverside County Office of Education Offers Free Access to Interactive, Early Literacy Program, Footsteps2Brilliance

For Immediate Release

Contact: Craig Petinak, cpetinak@rcoe.us

Riverside, Calif., January 26, 2022 — From pre-reading activities and read-to-you stories to alphabet recognition songs and grammar rules games, the youngest learners in Riverside County now have interactive, new tools right at their fingertips, to boost their early learning and love of reading as a result of a new partnership between the Riverside County Office of Education and Footsteps2Brilliance.

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Middletown Literacy Scores Soar by 175% Despite COVID Challenges

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Ilene Rosenthal, CEO
202-338-1223
Ilene@footsteps2brilliance.com

Middletown Literacy Scores Soar by 175% Despite COVID Challenges

Middletown CT – When Dr. Michael Conner joined Middletown Public Schools in 2017, he rallied the entire community to create “Bridge to Brilliance”, a citywide literacy initiative powered by Footsteps2Brilliance.  Dr. Conner’s vision was to eliminate the preparation and achievement gaps.  He provided all children birth-3rd grade with Footsteps2Brilliance’s comprehensive bilingual literacy apps to prepare them for kindergarten and third grade reading proficiency.  The apps were accessible on any smartphones, tablets, and computers that families already owned.

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Rosebud-Lott ISD Launches Courageous Cougars Reading Challenge on Footsteps2Brilliance

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jonathan Shaw

jshaw@rlisd.org

Rosebud-Lott ISD Launches Courageous Cougars Reading Challenge on Footsteps2Brilliance

Lott Texas, September 10, 2021 – Before kick-off at the Rosebud-Lott vs. Thorndale football game on Friday, September 24th @ 6:45 PM CT, Superintendent Jim Rosebrock and Principal Jonathan Shaw, will launch a citywide literacy initiative in partnership with Footsteps2Brilliance to prepare students for kindergarten and ensure every child is reading on grade-level. As part of the Courageous Cougars Reading initiative, Rosebrock and Shaw will announce a 500,000 Word Reading Challenge on Footsteps2Brilliance. The top 3 readers in the Footsteps2Brilliance program will receive an Amazon Kindle. Additional prizes will also be awarded. The challenge will run from September 23 until January 5.

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