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January 2021 MCAN News and Meeting Reminder

January 1, 2021
Register today for our next MCAN meeting
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Time: 9:30 -11:00 am – Register here.
(Log in early at 9:15 am to join our informal networking.)

View a Recap of our December 4, 2020 Meeting

Thanks to each of you who participated in our end-of-year group meeting on December 4, 2020, where we reviewed the status of our MCAN Case Statement and then worked together in our Bold Idea Teams to plan for our community work in 2021.

We also shared a special tribute to one of our original literacy leaders, United Way’s CEO Michael Kint, to wish him well in his retirement. We’re happy to report that Michael will continue to be involved in the important work of MCAN, working to ensure children are ready for kindergarten and 90% are reading on level by the end of third grade!

The meeting was recorded and can be viewed with the link shown here.

Nutcracker on the Indian River - A Love Letter to Indian River County, FL

“In light of recent events, “Nutcracker on the Indian River” will remain online for free for viewing through 1/14. MCAN Member, Adam Schnell, is sharing this opportunity with us in the hopes that this small act continues to inspire, educate and entertain. Click here to enjoy this beautiful love letter to Indian River County.
The ELC STEAM Explorer Workshops offer students (in grades preK-1) and their caregivers an opportunity to get outside with hands-on, feet-wet learning experiences. The first FREE workshop is scheduled for January 23, 11:30 am or 1:00 pm. Register here.

Thanks to MCAN member Sara Piotter for sharing this with us.
On January 12, 2021, the AFP membership meeting is sure to engage and inspire you to increase the effectiveness and engagement at your next meeting. RSVP to attend by emailing Guests are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Thanks to MCAN member Jessica Schmitt for sharing this opportunity.

Additional Learning Opportunities for our Moonshot Community Action Network

January 12, 2021 Webinar The Way Forward: Guided by Lessons Learned the Hard Way, Educators Respond

The futures of over 56 million students — most especially the 28.5 million from low-income families — require that we examine carefully the lessons of 2020 and think boldly about the way forward. This is the work we all must do together. We hope you’ll join us for this conversation as we embark on addressing this challenge together.

Register here for the January 12th session, 12:30–2 p.m. ET session
There will be a secondary webinar offered on January 12, building on the 12:30 pm session. In this 3:00 pm webinar, we will hear from teacher voice leaders who will share their thoughts about what it will take to slow, stop and reverse the learning loss that children have experienced as a result of the pandemic.his challenge together.

Register here for the January 12, second session from 3–4:30 p.m. ET,

Additional January Webinars Offered by the Campaign for Grade Level Reading:

Jan. 19, 2021 @ 3pm ET
Understanding the Data on Learning Loss
Presenter: Kristen Huff, Curriculum Associates; Emma Dorn, McKinsey & Company; and others TBD. (Learning Loss Recovery Challenge Webinar)

Jan. 26, 2021 @ 3pm ET
COVID-19 & Learning Loss: What the Data Tell Us about Moving Forward
Presenters: Emma Dorn, McKinsey & Company; and others TBD. (Learning Loss Recovery Challenge Webinar)

Register here for the January 19 and/or January 26 sessions. Please list “Moonshot Moment” as your GLR Community Coalition.
Register here for the January 12, 2021 event from The Hunt Institute.

January 12, 1 pm ET The Hunt Institute – Thinking Creatively to Evaluate Student Learning During COVID-19

The suspension of 2020 assessments is a roadblock for measuring growth, but it’s not the end of the road: states can and should continue to measure student growth in 2021. Growth data will be crucial to understanding how COVID-19 impacted student progress and ensuring every student gets the support they need to get back on track for success. Register here for the January 12th session, 12:30–2 p.m. ET session
State leaders cannot hope to create and implement policies that remove systemic barriers for children of color, non-binary, and LGBTQ youth without support and accountability from the communities they serve.

Register here for the January 14, 2021 Webinar.

January 14, 2 pm ET The Hunt Institute – Community Activism and Coalition Building for Educational Equity

Dr. Pullen shares her expertise through this three-part virtual series which began in December. Certificates of participation will be provided at the end of each webinar.

Register early to save your spot. Select each remaining date you wish to register. 

January 15: Selecting Books to Maximize Students’ Reading Practice (10:30am -11:30am Eastern)

February 19: What is Phonological Awareness Anyway? Fun Games to Improve Students’ Early Reading Development (10:30am -11:30am Eastern)

Florida Grade Level Reading Campaign presents Dr. Paige Pullen from the Lastinger Center at the University of Florida – January 15, 2021

Across the world, there exists a rich history of social movements fighting on behalf of intersectional lives lived at the margins of society. In this webinar, hear from leaders on the front lines of coalition building, activism, and necessary conversations, highlighting the voices of those who understand the importance of “good trouble” in the quest for dignity for all people and educational equity for all children.
REGISTER HERE to participate in the January 15 and/or February 19 sessions.