The Reading & Resiliency webinar series will discuss how resiliency through reading is attainable, accessible, and adaptable for every child in our diverse military community.
Learn more about how United Through Reading supports military children education by reading our new white paper, Reading & Resiliency: Making Literacy A Military Community Priority.
Strong military community support for the foundational importance of literacy not only improves the lives of military families but it can also improve retention, morale, and overall mission readiness. Making sure military children’s education is supported through strong literacy skills is another tool to help maintain high levels of family quality of life. Our panel of business leaders will discuss why corporate support for organizations is a key component of military family support.
The panel was moderated Cynthia Curiel, Sector Vice President of Communications at Northrop Grumman, and included Dr. Patrick Bingham, Board of Directors of Military Child Education Coalition, and Harriet Dominique, Senior Vice President Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Corporate Responsibility Officer at USAA.
Our April 21 webinar focused on how literacy is a foundational skill for lifelong learning; reading aloud lays the groundwork for future educational success for our military children. Military life can negatively impact military children’s education, and COVID-19 learning environments have added more challenges for all children. Our panel of education experts will discuss the unique educational risk factors military children face and how reading aloud with United Through Reading can help build strong literacy skills for lifelong educational success.
The panelists were: Barbara Thompson, national advisor for military education organizations and Former Director, Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and Dr. Lee Beers, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Keeping a reading routine, even from far away, can help both the service member and the family feel connected, improving morale. Maintaining family routines, like daily reading, not only helps military children feel secure, but helps them develop positive habits and prioritize reading, reinforcing the foundation for future academic success.
We were joined by Rory Brosius, Executive Director of Joining Forces; Rep. Adam Smith, U.S. House of Representatives; and Rep. Mike Rogers, U.S. House of Representatives as they discussed ways to support military families at the federal level.