Literacy Coordination Begins
FLAGSTAFF March 28, 2019
Twelve representatives of Flagstaff area literacy programs meet today to begin a conversation focused on improving coordination between themselves and the community in alignment with the literacy strategies of K-3 educators.
Literacy professionals from the Flagstaff Public Library, other literacy programs, and parenting programs met with representatives of the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) to foster the relationships that will be the foundation for future collaborative action.
Together, the group brainstormed a list of community needs around literacy. A theme that quickly rose to the top was the need for increased community awareness of the importance of high quality communication in the birth through three ages. The group also confirmed the need for better communication and coordination between agencies.
Existing resources were acknowledged and identified as strengths for moving the conversation forward. Enhancing existing social connections for families through neighborhood networks and faith groups were recognized as a strong resource to build upon.
The desire for deeper coordination with the hospital nursery and area birthing centers was evident and seen as an area with great potential.
Next steps for the team includes revisiting the existing Kindergarten Transition Plan as a possible guide for strategic planning and analyzing the landscape of literacy programs to better understand the range of services currently being provided.
The team will meet again on April 29th. Stay informed of their progress.