Celebrate Read Across America Day, March 1

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild
To pick up a book and read with a child.

You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.

In schools and communities, gather around,
Pick up some books and pass them around.

There are kids everywhere who really need
Someone to hug, someone to read.

Come join us March 1 in your own special way,
and make it Colorado’s Read to Kids Day!

Friday, March 1 is Read Across America Day, an Association celebration observed by parents, students, elected officials (the Colorado Legislature), and educators across the U.S., maybe even around the world. Read Across America Day is not a fancy celebration, or one that costs a lot of money. It’s pretty simple: Pick up a book and read with a child.

Need some ideas? Parade Magazine has idea and tips for everyone. NEA has dozens of Resources to Get Reading, from a wide array of booklists to summer reading ideas. Get the facts about children’s literacy. SchoolTube has a Read Across America channel where you can share your Read Across America videos.

Check out Read Across America on the NEA web site too.

Join us – we’re reading to students and reading with students of every age, not just on Read Across America Day. Every day!

CEA working in partnership with education groups, others on early literacy

During February 27-March 2, the Colorado Education Association (CEA) was proud to play a role in Colorado Literacy Week, a vibrant movement led by Governor John Hickenlooper, Lt. Governor Joe Garcia and literally scores of groups around the state.  Literacy Week was the outgrowth of a broad coalition of partners including business, elected and community leaders, along with CEA, organized to focus attention on and address the challenges we face with early childhood literacy.

Friday, March 2, as part of a nationwide program by the National Education Association called Read Across America, CEA helped sponsor and conduct special reading events in dozens of classrooms around the state.  CEA believes it is unacceptable for even one student capable of reading at grade level to fall short of this critical standard.

As Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Garcia emphasized in the Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative report issued last week, literacy neither starts nor stops in school.  When it comes to the classroom, however, CEA members have been working for decades on advancing literacy.  We supported the 1997 Colorado Basic Literacy Act as a critical foundation for making teaching literacy a top priority.  CEA members were also instrumental in revising the Colorado Academic Standards and integrating literacy into all academic content areas. Our members are committed to bringing the highest quality instruction to all public school students, especially those who struggle to read.

CEA has dedicated increased resources and energy to promoting strategies that are clearly effective in raising early literacy skills. This means first ensuring students have the resources, time and support to be successful readers and teachers have the preparation and training to effectively meet the needs of their students.  It also means focusing attention and awareness on approaches that have been proven to make a meaningful difference in helping our kids read, such as all-day kindergarten and summer reading programs. 

CEA members who are experts in early literacy and work with the most challenging cases every day emphasize that these kinds of programs are essential to helping kids read.  Success also means broadening awareness of the role school readiness, parental involvement, and early intervention play in literacy.  Moreover, we must acknowledge that achieving lasting results in early literacy involves confronting the other critical factors that greatly impact our system of education, including poverty and drastic cuts in school funding. 

Our mission is to capitalize on every opportunity to improve public education and early literacy.  CEA has been working in close partnership with other education groups, the state legislature and the Hickenlooper administration on a broad-based approach to early literacy.  A bill now before Legislature that looks to update rules regarding literacy teaching, HB 1238, is one part of this effort. CEA is working with others to amend the bill and collaborate with sponsors and  partners to it better results for public school students, their families and the Colorado citizens who invest in our system of public education.

Happy Read Across America Day!

Our Association is building a nation of readers through NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its thirteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

Read Across America Day is celebrated March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the beloved children’s author. Today, across our country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers are bringing children and books together — and you can too.

Learn more about Read Across America at NEA. You can find out who’s celebrating Read Across America in Colorado and which organizations are our national reading partners. Get booklists at this site and visit our Cat-a-log too. Please join us in spreading the love of reading to “kids” of every age.

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.
In schools and communities, let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book, let’s pass it around.
There are kids all around you, kids who will need
Someone to hug, someone to read.
Join us March 2nd in your own special way,
And make this America’s Read to Kids Day!

Reading is Fundamental to Student Achievement

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

March 2nd is Read Across America Day and is the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. The National Education Association created Read Across America 13 years ago to encourage kids to read. It is a community celebration of reading as a form of entertainment and as a critical skill for lifelong learning. On March 2nd the goal is for every child to be reading with a caring adult.

Next week celebrate reading and student achievement by participating in Read Across America. Check with your neighborhood school or public library to see if they have a Read Across America program. Volunteer to be a guest reader.  Or just take a little time to talk with a child about the fun and importance of reading and then read a book together.

The following is a spot by CEA President Beverly Ingle about Read Across America:

We want to hear from you. What was your favorite book as a child? Why is reading important to you?  When was the last time you read to a child? Share your thoughts about reading.