Friday, April 20, 2012

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Launches Reading Incentive Program

"Read to Lead" events being held at Wisconsin State Parks. (Appleton Post-Crescent, 4/19/2012)

Gov. Walker releases Read to Lead plan, report.
Evers statement on Read to Lead Task Force plan.

LINK to 35-page report.

Word search for "library".

Report includes recommendations in the following areas:
  • Teacher preparedness and professional development
  • Screening, assessment, and intervention
  • Early childhood
  • Accountability
  • Family involvement

Agenda of first Task Force meeting.

As far as I can tell, minutes of Task Force meetings were never made public.


Anonymous said...

Why did Tony Evers not insist a public librarian be on the committee? C'mon Tony, public libraries are counting on you to be an advocate for us!

Anonymous said...

We did not hear anything about this. Small public library in East Central Wisconsin.

Teresa said...

The fact that libraries and librarians were left completely out of this discussion is inexcusable. I would also note that the task force members appear to include no representation from the child care community. Studies continue to show that quality early childhood programs have a huge impact on children's academic achievement in later years. Why would you leave out the two communities, libraries and child care providers, that are already trying to provide quality programming for these kids? Why would your "read to lead" program START with literacy screening for 4- and 5-year-olds, when what happens birth-three has such a huge impact on where kids are at age 4?

On a related note, why would the DNR begin a statewide reading incentive program in January without bothering to reach out to your biggest access point to young readers - libraries? As a librarian in a small northern town surrounded by state parks, this is the first I've heard of this program.

Anonymous said...

It would have been nice to know about this a whole lot least to have been sent a list of the books they were going to include...frustrating to say the least...

steev said...

Has anyone heard from the DNR about this? I emailed Gov. Walker, Sup. Evans, and two DNR program employees on Monday about this and have not heard back from anyone. Frustrating, indeed. Especially since the flyer specifically says materials can be checked out from libraries.