Last week more than 70 people from six different states came to Birmingham for the Southeast Regional Meeting of the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading (CGLR). The Literacy Council hosted the two-day meeting where people learned about the campaign and shared best practices from across the country. The CGLR is “a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.” (CGLR) Through Bold Goals Education’s Third Grade Reading Action Network, Central Alabama is part of the national CGLR network. Communities like ours are learning how to address three key pillars of grade-level reading: School Readiness, Attendance, and Summer Learning. Central Alabama is moving ahead with significant collaborative initiatives for all three of these pillars. You can read more about what we are doing through Bold Goals for school readiness and attendance on the linked pages. You can also read more about SAIL (Summer Adventures in Learning) here.