Literacy Alliance

Volunteer Newsletter: November 2018

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Muscogee County School District 2018 SAT Composite Score Surpasses National Average

This is great news! You can read more on the MSCD website.

Columbus, GA-The Muscogee County School District 2018 SAT results were recently released in an announcement by the Georgia Department of Education. The results mark improvements in the District’s composite and reading and writing scores. The District’s reading and writing scores exceeded both the state and national averages for the first time. In addition, the District noted an increase in the number of test takers year-to-date.

This is the second year’s results of the newest version of the SAT revised in 2017. The redesigned SAT features items to test higher-level logic and reasoning skills in reading, writing and math and a different scoring scale from previous versions.

Each year there is a different cohort of students who take the SAT, which makes it difficult to draw a comparison from one year to the next. In addition, results are contingent upon the level of coursework students pursue prior to the test administration. Since the SAT and American College Testing (ACT) allow students to sit for the exam regardless of coursework, results can vary from year to year.

Volunteer Newsletter: October 2018

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Volunteer Newsletter: September 2018

You can view our September volunteer newsletter here.

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Volunteer Newsletter: August 2018

You can read our August volunteer newsletter here.

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First 2000 Days

Why are the first 2,000 days so critical?

There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten.

presi-elements-colorrev-22During that time, brain architecture is forming.

The brain is not fully developed at birth. The basic architecture of the brain forms during a child’s early years.

We aren’t born with the skills that enable us to control impulses, make plans, and stay focused.

Learn More

Join the First 2000 Days Movement!

Fan:

Our Fans commit to receiving and sharing campaign updates and early childhood updates.

  • Share information about the First 2000 Days on their social media or via email
  • “Like” or share a post about the First 2000 Days
  • Subscribe to the GEEARS email list to get updates on the campaign

Supporter:

Our Supporters make a small commitment that leads to a large impact by donating to and uplifting organizations supporting quality early childhood in Georgia.

  • Subscribe to the GEEARS email list to get updates on the campaign
  • Add your name to our list of Supporters who pledge to spread knowledge and passion for early education
  • Donate to an organization supporting quality early childhood in Georgia

Advocate:

Our Advocates pledge to serve as advocacy leaders for quality early childhood in Georgia.

  • Add their name to our list of Advocates who pledge to advocate for quality early childhood in Georgia
  • Purchase and wear a 2,000 Days shirt in order to spark dialogue – receive a free First 2000 Days pin withyour purchase
  • Contact legislators about early childhood issues when asked
  • Engage in informal discussions with their network
  • Sign up as a Georgia First 2000 Days volunteer for partner organizations
  • Attend First 2000 Days Campaign Leader events in their community

Champion:

Our Champions play key roles in community outreach. They are trained to give the First 2000 Days presentation, suggest opportunities to give presentations and are presenters themselves. These community influencers carry the First 2000 Days message with them in their professional and personal life.

  • Submit a photo + quote or video clip about the importance of the first 2,000 days of a child’s life that will be shared online or in print
  • Share campaign updates via email, social media, and in person
  • Present the First 2000 Days PowerPoint and/or Video to businesses, organizations, or community groups
  • Commit to engage in informal conversations with their network about the First 2000 Days campaign
  • Encourage those in their network to donate to early childhood efforts
  • Wear their First 2,000 Days lapel pin to events

Campaign Leader (Partner):

Our Campaign Leaders commit their organization to integrate the message of the importance of early childhood development into their work, goals, strategies, and events. While the promise is strong, the actions can be simple.

  • Add the First 2000 Days web button to your website
  • Include prepared early childhood facts in your organization’s newsletter
  • Present the campaign video and presentation to board and staff members
  • Share pre-drafted campaign posts on your organization’s social media and newsletterswhen asked
  • Incorporate early childhood into your organization’s strategies
  • Invite other organizations to become Campaign Leaders

Links

GEEARS First 2000 Days Homepage

Video: Thank you, Dictionary Project!

Video: Thank you Mrs. Miller

Trivia Bee 2019 Date

Trivia Bee is the Literacy Alliance’s signature annual fundraising event. It offers an opportunity to celebrate our successes and allow the community to learn more about our purpose and programs. At the event, teams compete in a trivia contest to benefit the Literacy Alliance, complete with costumes and team themes. We host a silent auction, and give wacky awards to the most successful and creative trivia teams.

Learn more about Trivia Bee here.

The 2019 Trivia Bee will be held on Tuesday, February 26. Mark your calendars!

Want to be notified as soon as tickets are available for sale? Sign up here to be added to our notification list:

 

Volunteer Newsletter: June 2018

Click here to read our June 2018 newsletter. It has information about summer literacy, reading buddy orientation, and the Dictionary Project.

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