OKC Metro Literacy Coalition - OKC Metro Literacy Coalition http://okcliteracycoalition.org Serving the community by promoting literacy and connecting people to services Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:40:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NCFL Summit Report – What We Learned http://okcliteracycoalition.org/2015/04/01/ncfl-summit-report/ http://okcliteracycoalition.org/2015/04/01/ncfl-summit-report/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:40:15 +0000 http://okcliteracycoalition.org/?p=815 flsBy Bevan Graybill, OKCMLC Vice-Chair

With the encouragement and support of the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition, I was able to attend the National Center for Families Learning Summit 2015.  The Summit provided professional development opportunities for organizations and individuals working in various aspects of literacy, including early childhood education, K-12 education, family engagement, adult education, ESL, libraries, and coalitions. Thought leaders, educators, program directors, and volunteers gathered in Houston for three days to discuss how our organizations can make a bigger impact on literacy levels in our communities.

Here are just a few tidbits and reflections from my experience at the Summit:

  • I have a confession. I was elected to the OKCMLC Board of Directors in August 2013, and I didn’t truly understand the value of a literacy coalition. (We are all probably guilty of signing up for something without knowing what we’re actually getting into!). After attending the Summit, I get it.learners
  • Learners are at the center with service providers surrounding them.  OKCMLC and other community organizations support literacy programs and activities. A single organization cannot operate in a vacuum and expect to have a major impact on low literacy levels in Oklahoma City. A collaborative coalition allows the entire community to engage in the effort to promote literacy for everyone. Only 3% of the 3,000 counties in the United States have literacy coalitions.
  • Going forward, OKCMLC will increase its efforts to benefit members by
    • being a source of volunteers;
    • collecting and managing data to demonstrate the community’s return on investing in literacy programs; and
    • advocating for our members and literacy initiatives.
  • Literacy Powerline has become a part of the NCFL (Read the Press Release). All of Literacy Powerline’s services will be offered through NCFL. Re$ourceLine, the biweekly e-newsletter to literacy-related funding will be offered by NCFL (your free subscription is just one benefit of being a member of the OKCMLC!).

While at the Summit, I realized why the OKCMLC was created in 2007–Oklahoma City needed a centralized communication and networking hub to bring together literacy services.

I hope you and your organizations will consider attending the NCFL Summit in the future.

My best,
Bevan Graybill, Vice-Chair

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