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OUR WORKPLANThrough the leadership of the Central New York Community Foundation, a community-wide literacy intiative was launched and has evolved into the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County.
We are a community coming together around shared problem-solving and promoting the vision of 100% literacy through 100% community engagement. In Onondaga County, over 200 community members met in extensive planning sessions to establish a community-wide literacy plan with a focus on specific community literacy outcome indicators and priority recommendations.
Read: Community Literacy Work Plan (2009-2010)
The Annie E. Casey Report: Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation inspired and launched the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in 2011. A national movement that focuses on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation, grade level reading by the end of third grade, that critical pivot point between learning to read and reading to learn, in three target areas: school readiness; chronic absence; and summer learning loss.
As charter members of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, we know that schools cannot succeed alone and the academic success of children, especially from low-income families, requires engaged communities. This effort is built upon the original strategic planning process that took place in 2007 with over 200 community members and led to the creation of the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County.
Read: Syracuse Community Solutions Action Plan (2012)
In summary, the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County is NOT a new program, it's a community mandate to connect and maximize available literacy resources across the lifespan.
Read: Our Theory of Change - Community Literacy (2013)
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