Literacy Mid-South Out-of-School Time Network

As part of a county-wide partnership to improve education learning outcomes, Literacy Mid-South is leading a Collaborative Action Network comprised of community organizations, school districts, businesses, and nonprofits. The purpose of the LMS Out-of-School Time Network is to take advantage of the resources already available in Shelby County as well as the work members are currently doing to improve the rates of reading proficiency for elementary students across Shelby County. Given the research around the areas that have the greatest influence on third grade reading proficiency, the network has segmented its plan into two strategic areas:

  1. Develop/adopt and deploy reading interventions or support services in afterschool and summer programs, and support school-based reading interventions.
  2. Engage parents and the community (e.g. civic organiations, faith communities, etc.) in adopting practices to improve attendance and reading proficiency.

See below for notes, public agendas, and meeting documents:

We were the people who were not in the papers. 

We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. 

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale