Jimi, Browning elementary school librarian, believes their reading scores are so low because of a mix of poverty, distance from libraries, adult illeteracy, and too assertively trying to force students to read.
Shonti believes books and libraries are essential to her and her son’s future.
Kyle saw that the kids who read a lot when they were children went to college. Those who did not did not.
After a year of working together and corresponding by phone, email, text, and video conference all three us finally meet in person!
Anthony, Loriene, and Aaron.
Preliminary analysis of American Indian reading scores in Montana show an interesting relationship between distance a school is from a public library and reading scores: the highest performing schools are 3.8 miles away from a public library on average while the lowest are 17.8!
On Tuesday 7/10 the Reading Nation will begin a week long meeting with members of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, MT to discuss literacy and access to libraries.
We want to thank our wonderful Advisory Board for our first meeting, which was held on Monday June 18, 2018. We will meet once every quarter (every three months) and several of our advisory board members will be helping collect data at the upcoming Blackfeet powwow taking place July 12-July 15, 2018.
View the members of the Reading Nation advisory board here.