Library of Congress Literacy Awards

Literacy Awards Online Best Practices Conference 2020

Learn and Share with Library of Congress 2020 Literacy Award Winners and Best Practice Honorees

Join us online November 19-20 from 1-4 PM ET.

Over the course of two afternoons, we will celebrate the five 2020 award winners and 15 Best Practice honorees, and host interactive conversations between them and members of the Literacy Awards Advisory Board. The conversations will address a wide range of topics from bridging the digital divide to family engagement and more.

Together, we will focus on identifying and sharing best practices both before and during COVID-19.

Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

Register for individual sessions by selecting titles below—You are welcome to register for all 6 sessions, or individual sessions as your schedule allows.

Thursday, November 19, 2020
1:00 PM ET - 1:20 PM ET
Congratulations to the 2020 Award Winners and Best Practice Honorees
Join us to congratulate the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Award winners and Best Practice honorees and to learn more about their inspiring work. We will also debut a poem written by U.S. Poet Laureate emeritus and Literacy Awards Advisory Board member Juan Felipe Herrera in honor of the 2020 Literacy Award recipients.

1:30 PM ET - 2:20 PM ET
Bridging the Digital Divide: Keeping the Skill and Habit of Reading and Writing Alive
A major challenge for literacy organizations is bridging the digital divide—the gulf between those who have access to the Internet and computers and those who do not. Join us for a discussion with four of our 2020 Literacy Award recipients: Dorette Louw, Book Dash; Nancy Press, Child Aid; Jan Coates, Island Readers & Writers; and Heather Simpson, Room to Read. The panel will be moderated by Tony Bloome, Founder and Executive Director, Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance and Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board member.

2:30 PM ET - 3:20 PM ET
Diverse Stories: Authors, Young Adults, and Children Producing Literature
Join us to learn how four of our 2020 Literacy Award recipients—Mason Granger, Get Lit; Rachel Loeper, Mighty Writers; Suzanne Singh, Pratham Books; and Jack McBride, Writers in the Schools—are producing diverse and inclusive literature to support education for all. This session will be moderated by Dr. Loriene Roy, Professor, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin, Past President, American Library Association and Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board member.

Friday, November 20, 2020

1:00 PM ET - 1:50 PM ET
Collaborating and Building Capacity: Opportunities and Challenges
Join us for a discussion with four Literacy Award recipients—Joe Berninger, Cooperative for Education; Dr. Naeem Sohail Butt, The Pakistan Reading Project; Dr. Maria Murray, The Reading League; and Dr. Laura Sánchez-Vincitore, Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)—who will share their collaboration experiences and lessons learned. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Lesley S.J. Farmer, Professor, College of Education, California State University and Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board member.

2:00 PM ET - 2:50 PM ET
Family Engagement: Strategies for Engaging Young Children and Families
Four of our 2020 Literacy Award recipients—Rachel Stine, Book Harvest; and Lisa Luceno, Briya Public Charter School; Galina Vromen, Keren Grinspoon Israel; and Dr. Josh Cramer, National Center for Families Learning—discuss strategies and ideas for engaging young children and families. This session is moderated by Dr. Laura Bailet, Chief Academic Officer at Kaplan Early Learning Company and Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board member.

3:00 PM ET - 3:50 PM ET
Strategies for Serving Immigrant Families
A discussion with four of our 2020 Literacy Award recipients: Andrea Chunga-Celis, Adelante Mujeres; Mary Lynch, Literacy for Life; Patricia (Trish) Micheli, The Immigrant Learning Center; and Amanda Blount, The Literacy Center. They will discuss strategies to serve immigrant families. The panel will be moderated by Barbara Johnson, President (retired), Rowland Reading Foundation and Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board member.

LINKS TO PRE-RECORDED VIDEOS
Conversations with the 2020 Literacy Award Winners
Meet our five 2020 Award winners and learn more about the inspiring work that they do as they converse in depth with some of our Literacy Awards Advisory Board members.

2020 Award Winner Video and Promotional Segment
Enjoy the debut of these two fast-paced segments to learn more about the inspiring work of our 2020 Award winners and Best Practice honorees and what being recognized by the Library of Congress means to past award recipients.

Welcome and Special Congratulations
The Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden; Director, Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement, Shari Werb; as well as the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, David M. Rubenstein welcome attendees to the 2020 Annual Best Practices Conference and congratulate the 2020 Library of Congress winners and Best Practice Honorees.

Literacy Blanket Poem
The U.S. Poet Laureate emeritus and current Literacy Awards Advisory Board member Juan Felipe Herrera reads the poem he wrote in honor of the 2020 Literacy Award recipients.