ParentCamp: Improving Literacy Outcomes – Washington DC, Friday, October 14, 2016

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ParentCamp:  Improving Literacy Outcomes

The U.S. Department of Education is Celebrating the first anniversary of ParentCamp with a focus on improving literacy outcomes for all students.  This ParentCamp offers attendees an opportunity to share experiences, opinions, hopes and ideas that will improve the education and well-being of all children and their families.

ParentCamp:  Improving Literacy Outcomes will be held at the U.S. Department of Education 4600 Maryland Ave SW, Washington D.C on October 14, 2016 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Directions to Department of Education if you are taking the Metro from the hotel:

Take the King Street metro station Yellow Line from King Street heading to either Mt. Vernon or Greenbelt.  Travel six stops on th Yellow Line  L’Enfant Plaza. There are  three exits out of L’Enfant – head to the Maryland Ave side. When you exit the metro take an immediate left (unless you are really near the front of the train).  Take the escalator which will lead to the Maryland Ave exit.   Upon exciting the second escalator leading outside you will see a building  large 600 over the door. Walk through that building. Follow the corridor past Starbuck’s and the Vie de France Bakery and exit the door to outside at the end of the corridor.Upon exiting that door, you will see the Department of Education slightly to your left. Doors to enter the building are about 2/3 of the way down the building.

Our Keynote Speaker:

Ralph Smith, Managing Director for The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Ralph Smith, Managing Director for The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Ralph Smith, Managing Director,
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Annie E. Casey Foundation Senior Vice President

Ralph Smith is the managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, an effort to increase
rates of third-grade reading proficiency for children from low-income families that includes a network of
more than 285 communities in 42 states.

As senior vice president for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Smith led the Making Connections initiative, a comprehensive effort to help communities improve outcomes for children by strengthening families and neighborhoods. Smith has served on the Foundation’s Senior Leadership Team since 1994.

Smith taught Corporations and Securities Law and Education Law and Policy as a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for two decades, during which time he also served as chief of staff and chief operating officer for the School District of Philadelphia and as a senior advisor to Philadelphia’s mayor on children and family policy.

Smith led efforts to design and implement the school district’s landmark voluntary desegregation plan,negotiate some of the nation’s first education reform-driven teacher contracts and develop ChildrenAchieving, a district-wide blueprint supported by the Annenberg Challenge. Smith is the founding director of both the National Center on Fathers and Families and the Philadelphia Children’s Network, and a national leader of the Responsible Fatherhood movement.

He was a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foundations from 2000 to 2010, serving as board chair from 2008 to 2010. In addition, Smith has served on the boards of the Alliance for Early Success, Foundation Center, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, Venture Philanthropy Partners, the Clinton Center on Community Philanthropy and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Smith also has served on private-sector boards of directors, including for LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., and Nobel Learning Communities, Inc.

Over the past decade, Smith has emerged as a leading advocate of philanthropy’s need for a “sector agnostic” approach to build a common-sense consensus around high-tech and high-touch solutions to ending intergenerational poverty; protecting the environment responding to disasters, natural and manmade; and promoting public health. This impulse toward cross-sector collaboration is a distinguishing
feature of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Among Smith’s honors are the Fred Rogers Leadership in Philanthropy Award from Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families; the Jane Addams Distinguished Leadership Award from the United Neighborhood Centers of America; and the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.