Registration Open: Idaho Reading and Literacy Summit on Nov. 20

Idaho Reads is proud to present the second statewide Idaho Reading Summit on November 20th in Boise. The goal of the summit is to inspire individual, community and legislative action in Idaho around grade level reading. The first reading and literacy summit was held in 2013, bringing together over 250 educators, parents, community leaders, and lawmakers. This year’s program is designed to keep the momentum going around reading in Idaho, and equip our attendees with ideas and tools to move reading forward in out state. This summit will be worthwhile for anyone who wants to help make kids better readers.  Register now to reserve your seat.

Our keynote speakers include Yolie Flores, Senior Fellow for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and Julie Baker Finck of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about current reading policy initiatives in Idaho from key decision-makers, and learn about successful reading programs in Idaho from folks on the front lines. Finally, attendees will be invited to join a breakout session on a reading topic that interests them. Please review our agenda for details and full list of speakers.

YolieYolie Flores, Senior Fellow, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Yolie has dedicated her career to improving the lives disadvantaged children and families. Throughout her 25-year career, she has held various leadership, management, and policy positions in city and county government, non-profit organizations, philanthropy, and in elected office. In every position, Yolie has committed herself to helping ensure that all kids—but most especially children from low-income families—grow up with opportunities to lead rich and fulfilling lives.

Currently, Yolie is a Senior Fellow to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, leading the work on School Readiness and Successful Parents, and supporting over 170 communities across the nation in their efforts to ensure more children from low-income families are reading proficiently by the end of third grade.  Yolie lives and plays with her puppy Molly in Los Angeles.

BakerJulie Baker Finck, President, Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
Julie has more than 20 years of experience in the field of K-12 education. Prior to joining the foundation in 2013, Dr. Finck served four years on the executive leadership team of the Houston Independent School District as Chief Academic Officer and Chief Major Projects Officer. She has served in leadership positions at both a regional and state level in Ohio leading large-scale, education reform initiatives. Prior to her move to Houston, she served as a senior director at a national non-profit, called Battelle for Kids. Dr. Finck began her career as a middle school teacher in Kentucky. She earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in education administration from The Ohio State University in 2001.

Summit Details:

Fee: $20 includes your attendance, breakfast, and lunch.  Please note, no refunds are given for cancellations.

Location: Boise State University Student Union Building

Date / Time: Friday, November 20th.  The Summit starts at 7:00 am and concludes at 4:30pm.

Parking: Free parking will be provided in the Lincoln Garage near the Student Union Building. Please click here for parking instructions.

Summit Book Drive by Book It Forward!

Please consider bringing a new or gently used book with you to the Summit for our book drive, sponsored by Book It Forward! Click here for a guide on age-appropriate books.


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