Phoenix was selected as one of three cities (along with Detroit and Miami) to receive a Cities of Service grant to expand volunteering efforts in Phoenix. Cities of Service was founded by New York Mayor Bloomberg in 2009 to support mayors across the country who are committed to engaging volunteers as a solution to the most pressing challenges in our cities – such as food insecurity, homelessness, literacy, opportunity youth, etc. There are several big volunteer projects coming up in October and November. Michael Hammett of the city of Phoenix will tell us more.
A new report is out that identifies various factors impacting early literacy in Arizona. Read On Arizona, the state’s early literacy initiative, released the new report at a recent literacy summit, and one finding is that chronic absenteeism negatively impacts third-grade reading scores. Terri Clark, the Arizona Literacy Director and Robert Vagi, an Arizona State University researcher at the Mary Lou Fulton College Teachers College, will discuss the report.
Research shows early exposure to reading can positively impact a child’s vocabulary and reading comprehension. One local author has a new book out with that goal in mind. Kim Bruck has written the book, “ABC’s with Joanie & Lola” to help children begin to read, learn the ABCs and teach them how to take care of a pet. Bruck will discuss her new book and early literacy.
We’ll take you to a program that helps kindergarteners and first-graders learn how to read and then we’ll discuss early childhood education with Arizona literacy director Terri Clark and Sam Leyvas, chief executive officer of First Things First, an organization which works with children before they even get into school.
April is National Financial Literacy Month. Jerry Guttman of Guttman Financial Group is president of the local chapter of the Society of Financial Awareness, or SOFA. He will talk about how people can take better control of their finances.
The Program for International Student Assessment, otherwise known as PISA, will be released December 3. It will offer results on the 2012 international assessment measuring 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics and science literacy skills. President and CEO of Expect More Arizona Pearl Chang Esau will talk about where Arizona students ranked in the international assessment.
The International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), based in Scottsdale, was founded twenty-five years ago by the Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, a visionary leader and Baptist minister. The organization helps Africans reduce hunger and poverty, empower local communities, raise the standard of literacy and foster cultural, social and economic relations between Americans and Africans. IFESH is gearing up for a 25th anniversary celebration on September 25 with speakers and a workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility: Advancing Education in Africa through Public & Private Partnerships. Dr. Julie Sullivan, President and CEO of IFESH, joins HORIZON.