Community Chat with Faith Borkowsky!
February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
“Can You See Me?” Literacy Discussions Workbook: Raising Awareness and Action Plan
Our schools have been given more than enough time to figure out how to truly teach children to read. Government grants and initiatives have not made a dent in the literacy crisis, especially in Black and Latino communities. In a recent study, only about 18% of African American fourth-graders were proficient in reading. And yet, my experience is that the problem persists in even the most sought-after school districts. This is because the Balanced Literacy framework that is so entrenched is a failure. We all must have a sense of urgency and not stay silent. This problem will NOT go away with time.
Consequently, the drivers of change today are not educators but knowledgeable parents who recognize and understand faulty practices and have been questioning basic assumptions about literacy. Parents are not concerned with ideology or philosophy; they just want their kids to learn to read and write.
Join us for this one-hour chat as we discuss how to build a team that prioritizes the child and not adult interests.
Faith Borkowsky is the founder of High Five Literacy and is a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner with thirty-five years of experience in literacy instruction – as a classroom teacher, reading and learning specialist, regional literacy coach, administrator, and tutor. Ms. Borkowsky provides professional development for teachers and school districts, as well as parent workshops, presentations, and private consultations on science-based literacy practices. She is the author of the award-winning book, Failing Students or Failing Schools? A Parent’s Guide to Reading Instruction and Intervention, and the “If Only I Would Have Known…” series of books, conceived as a roadmap for literacy readiness and success for parents of young children. In 2021, Ms. Borkowsky was a finalist for the World Literacy Foundation award for her significant contributions to literacy.
Community Chats are designed for families, but all are welcome!
IDA Arizona Moderator: Anne Iniguez