I am putting down my reporter’s notebook briefly on Friday to moderate a panel on quality reading instruction as part of a daylong summit on reading and literacy in Idaho.
I wrote a story Sunday about business and education advocacy groups calling for a new emphasis on reading in kindergarten through third grade. They point to unimpressive Idaho scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress for fourth-grade readers as a reason for doing more to help young readers.
Friday’s summit on reading and literacy will bring together state and national experts to talk about ways to improve reading.
I’ve chatted with a couple of the people who will be a part of the discussion and I can tell you that the solution for some goes far beyond the classroom walls.
Groups will look at policy issues, instruction, community support and preparing children before they get to public school.
Summit admission is free. It is sponsored by several education and business groups along with the Idaho Statesman and KTVB Channel 7.
A few seats remain. If you want to attend the seminar at the Boise State University Student Union Building you can register here.