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The Power of Home Libraries: What Does the Research Show?

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Dwaine Millard, SVP, National Sales & Partnerships, Scholastic; and Lindsay Marczak, Senior Director of Research, Scholastic

Sponsored by Scholastic Education Solutions

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In the wake of COVID-19, educators, communities, and families are doing all they can to combat its toll on student learning. Especially among children in low-socioeconomic areas. To do so, schools and homes need every resource possible, particularly those that make a big impact with a small investment.

Home libraries are powerful, purposeful, and productive. When built by educators and students, they deliver an undeniable bang for a book. They rival programs that need more expense and manpower. Books at home reduce student learning loss, increase reading skills, and engage families. And they establish a healthier, more active community where young people thrive.

In this edWebinar, we:

  • Review research that shows how home libraries are linked to student achievement, economic success, and health
  • Discuss data that show how children without access to reading materials at home are more likely to suffer learning losses when out of school
  • Illustrate how home libraries are one of our best tools to combat learning loss
  • Present the essential components of a student home library
  • Share how three school districts used home libraries to accelerate reading achievement

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

Lindsay Marczak

About the Presenters

Lindsay Marczak is Senior Director of Research at Scholastic, where she spearheads the validation and evaluation of the company’s education solutions. She sets the vision and executes strategic plans to design and launch rigorous research evaluations with school districts nationwide. She also publishes white papers and reports that codify evidence-based teaching practices and tools that help all students learn to read, read to learn, and love to read. Before Scholastic, Lindsay worked as the Senior Research Director at Imagine Learning (Edgenuity and Weld North Education), where she created the company’s first research department and led the custom reporting, efficacy, and foundational research efforts for the company’s portfolio. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Ford Foundation and KIPP Foundation. Lindsay has a BA in political science from Tufts University and an MPA degree from New York University.

Dwaine Millard

Dwaine Millard is the Senior Vice President of National Sales & Partnerships for Literacy Initiatives at Scholastic, where he is responsible for developing strategies and supports for schools, families, and communities through the lens of literacy as an agent of change. Dwaine has spent over 15 years as a national leader working for educational publishing and services companies, with a focus on working with school districts to improve literacy and acceleration for all students. He remains committed to working with school leadership, community organizations, and corporations to create strategic solutions that increase equity and access for all children. Dwaine’s passion for education grew out of his background as a middle school English and math teacher in Maryland.

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