Newark Funders Affinity Group: Discussion of “Read and Believe” Initiative
Please join the Newark Funders Affinity Group for a discussion of the Read and Believe Initiative with Dr. Lauren Wells, Chief Education Officer for the City of Newark.
Read & Believe (RB) arises from a bold vision of citywide change embraced across the community. It imagines a city that takes on literacy as a communal cause, with a sense of urgency as well as a spirit of promise. It seeks to build literacy not only as a skill essential for survival, but also as a value and culture that must be revived for Newark’s residents to reclaim their futures and the future of the City. Achieving these goals involves the traditional approaches of a literacy campaign as well as the development of a continuum of resources and opportunities that span the lifespan of an individual and bring together the resources of the City.
Read and Believe was developed with participation and input from the following community partners: Programs for Parents, New Community Corporation, United Vailsburg Service Organization, Ironbound Community Corporation, La Casa de Don Pedro, Urban League of Essex County, Newark Teachers Union, United Way of West Hudson and Essex County, Newark Literacy Campaign, Newark Public Library, American Federation of Teachers, Scholastic, First Book, Department of Health and Community Wellness, Foundation for Newark’s Future, and Believe in Newark Foundation.
Dr. Lauren Wells is an educator, researcher, and community organizer known for her comprehensive, systemic, and collaborative approaches to change in schools and communities. Since 2006 Dr. Wells has based her work in New Jersey. From 2006 to 2009 she was the Project Coordinator of a statewide education policy coalition called the New Jersey Education Organizing Coalition. In 2009, Dr. Wells became the Director of the Broader Bolder Approach to Education at the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University (NYU) where she the led the design and implementation of a major school reform initiative in Newark called the Newark Global Village School Zone. Dr. Wells co-founded 211 Community Impact a non-profit organization in Newark. In 2014, Dr. Wells was appointed Chief Education Officer for the City of Newark. Dr. Wells is an educational consultant and speaker who works with schools and communities across the U.S. Dr. Wells received a BA in English from Temple University, an MA in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and PhD in Urban Schooling from the University of California Los Angeles.
Cost: Free to CNJG members, $35 for Non Grantmaking Member