Language Development and Family Engagement in the Digital Age

On August 2-3, 2016, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and New America co-hosted a network building and leadership development institute for community leaders, policymakers, and researchers in the fields of family engagement and early literacy. Read on for highlights from the event.

Day One

Lisa Guernsey of New America, Michael Levine of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and Jason Quiara of the Joyce Foundation kicked off the event with an overview of the agenda and goals.

The Survey Says: What You Told Us You Needed

Presented by Shayna Cook of New America

Partner Talks: Here’s What We Want to Learn

Featuring Yolie Flores from Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Katie Whitehouse of the National League of Cities, Pam Johnson from Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Sheetal Singh from Early Learning Lab, Tony Raden from The Ounce, Erin Ramsey of Vroom/Mind in the Making, and Patti Miller from Too Small to Fail

Keynote Address

Presented by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek of Temple University, co-author of Becoming Brilliant

Integrating Technology in Early Literacy Map – Overview and Insights

Presented by Shayna Cook of New America, followed by a lightning round of perspectives

Panel: Implications of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Featuring Delia Pompa of the Migration Policy Institute, Melissa Dahlin from the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes & EDC, Reyna Hernandez of the Illinois State Board of Education, and Danielle Ewen of EdCounsel

Day Two

Keynote Address
Presented by Ralph Smith of Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Zero to Three Survey Results

Presented by Rebecca Parlakian of Zero to Three

Panel: Scaling Success and Learning from “Failures”

Featuring Michael Levine of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Tony Raden from Ounce of Prevention Fund, Kristen Burns of the Grable Foundation, Claudia Haines from the Homer Public Library, Jeanette Betancourt of Sesame Workshop, and Ellen Galinsky from Mind in the Making/Bezos Family Foundation


Watch the video footage from the event to hear more from the talented speakers and panelists: