Monterey County Literacy Summit
Much of the energy of the Campaign community in Salinas has been directed towards the October 25 2013 Literacy Summit for Business and Community Leaders. The summit's theme is “Literacy and the Economy: Reading Our Way to Prosperity”, and approximately 200 leaders in business, elected officials, government, education and community action are expected to attend.
The format of the Literacy Summit will be three main presenters, each addressing a specific topic: the importance of reading on grade-level, literacy and its importance to the economies of individuals and the community, and solutions and efforts across the country to address reading proficiency and obtain grade-level reading success. These three will be interspersed with local speakers providing examples of successful, local programs, as well as data and anecdotal examples of the impacts of less than well-prepared youth and adults.
Attendees at the Summit will come away with the awareness that literacy skills and success in the early grades are strong predictors of the likelihood of dropout or success in secondary school; and that literacy is a key skill and is a precursor to the acquisition of critical thinking as well as relevant workforce skills in secondary, tertiary and vocational training programs.
The Literacy Campaign for Monterey County (LCMC), based in Salinas, is the backbone organization leading Campaign for Grade-Level Reading efforts in the Monterey County area. The county-wide Summit reflects LCMC’s outreach to the thirteen cities in the region to broaden and deepen GLR Campaign activities.