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Educational Inequalities: What Can Be Done?
November 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
The Southport CoLAB and Literacy How, both non-profit organizations that support and empower literacy, have collaborated to host a virtual Roundtable Discussion on the topic of inequalities in education across the United States titled, “Educational Inequalities: What Can Be Done?” on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00 PM EST.
The panel of experts will speak to what’s causing these inequalities in education, how our most
vulnerable children have been impacted during these unprecedented times, and how we might begin to mitigate the consequences moving forward. The event is free and registration is
“A significant number of children in the US, especially children of color and children living in
poverty, are vulnerable to academic underachievement,” comments Benjamin N. Powers,
Founder of The Southport CoLAB and Head of The Southport School. “The opportunity that
Suzanne and Margie conceived to bring this expert group of panelists together with the support
of leading organizations in the field provides a critical platform for dialogue around how we can
effect generational change in literacy outcomes.”
“This esteemed group of panelists joining the Roundtable Discussion collectively offer years of
experience, perspective, and a deep passion to support our most vulnerable children’s reading
skills,” remarks Margie Gillis, President of Literacy How. “All six of us are professional women
who are dedicated to transforming how reading is taught with a strong will to advocate for our
teachers, administrators, and families to teach with the best evidence-based methods and
supportive science and data.”
“Children throughout the country have lost precious learning time and structure during the
pandemic. The ‘Corona Slide’ is expected to lead to a 30% loss in learning compared to a
normal school year,” explains Suzanne Lang, Director of The Southport CoLAB. “The response
from local and national organizations and schools has been tremendously positive and
supportive. It shouts the importance of the issue of literacy and education, and the timeliness of
this Roundtable Discussion.”
In support of this Roundtable Discussion, The Southport CoLAB and Literacy How have
partnered with 23 education-based organizations and schools nationwide who support this
conversation about literacy in America and are spreading this message through their many