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PNLA 2019 Conference

Centennial Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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Friday, August 9 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Opening Books, Opening Doors: a Community Collaboration

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Opening Books, Opening Doors is a community partnership and commitment to ensure that by 2020, all students in the Coeur d’Alene School District exiting third grade experience a deep love of reading and meet grade level reading proficiency goals, including comprehension and fluency. This initiative is anchored by a $600,000 grant to University of Idaho to implement the Coeur d’Alene Early Reading Project, now called Opening Books, Opening Doors (OBOD), in partnership with the Coeur d’Alene School District. OBOD will add to existing Coeur d’Alene School District reading resources for students and teachers, and will coordinate literacy efforts of parents, volunteers and nonprofit organizations in Coeur d’Alene to create a community-wide approach to ensure reading success for K-3 students. This session will share the background on how this project came to be, the key role of the community partners and collaborators, the importance of reaching beyond our comfort zone into the community, as well as our successes and challenges. Participants will leave with a framework to develop this project in their communities. 

By the end of this session attendees will:
• identify community partners and resources to implement an OBOD model in their community;
• understand the OBOD initiatives, timeline, and program requirements;
• have an OBOD project outline to implement in their community.

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Keri Stark

Director of Community Impact, United Way of North Idaho
Keri earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Idaho. Her current work applies structural, collective impact approaches to disparities in early childhood care and education. For over a decade Keri has worked and volunteered with nonprofits ranging from environmentalism... Read More →
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Amy Voeller

Program Manager, Opening Books, Opening Doors
Amy reinforces Innovia Foundation’s desire to drive community transformation by casting vision, convening and aligning partnerships, and promoting community-wide ownership for K-3 literacy. She holds an M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Idaho. Her passion... Read More →
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Karen Yother

Youth Services Specialist, Community Library Network

Friday August 9, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
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