June 13-16, 2017 | The Westin Denver International Airport | Denver, CO
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is coming home to Denver in June 2017. In many respects, Denver, Colo., is the birthplace of the GLR Campaign. In June 2012, 14 communities were recognized with the coveted title of All-America City for their focus on grade-level reading. And 124 communities signed on as Charter Members of the GLR Community Network.
Since then, The GLR Network has grown to include over 300 communities in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These local campaigns are supported by 2,300 local organizations and 250+ state and local funders, including 130 United Ways.
From June 14-16, hundreds of civic and community leaders, public officials and educators from across the country will come together for the 2017 All-America City Awards, America’s oldest and most prestigious community recognition. Each year, the All-America City Awards are given to communities that exemplify outstanding civic accomplishments. This year, the National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading will recognize communities that have made measurable progress for low-income children on the key drivers of early reading success.
Here’s a quick overview of some of the activities and the agenda that we have planned:
Opening Reception - We're kicking off the event with a celebration to recognize and thank our 48 Pacesetter communities. You'll have an opportunity to meet and connect with colleagues across the country who collectively are setting the pace for the GLR Campaign.
Taking a Deep Dive - On Thursday, June 15, you'll have an opportunity to attend four plenary sessions and choose from 27 concurrent sessions focused on how to move the needle and close the gap for low-income children on school readiness, school attendance, summer learning and/or grade-level reading. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re exploring strategies for scaling and sustaining your long-standing work, you will find the content and connections in these sessions beneficial. A preliminary draft of the agenda is available here.
Celebrating the Best of the Best - Friday, June 16, begins with the Communications Expo featuring the products and resources developed by local campaigns for messaging and mobilizing their communities around grade-level reading. This is an unparalleled opportunity to exchange ideas and share tools developed by other communities. Our event will end with the presentation of the All-America City Awards, where you will have a chance to join us in recognizing those communities that have taken action and made the most measurable progress for low-income children.
A message from Ron Fairchild:
I'm confident that by the end of this action-packed event, you’ll be inspired and equipped to continue the journey ahead. As a leader in this movement, we’re counting on you to continue to drive the GLR Campaign forward as we strive for bigger outcomes and sustainable scale. Thank you for everything you are doing, and I look forward to seeing you in Denver!