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What can communities and schools do to help improve literacy rates among kids?

(foreground) Ashara Baker, (background) Jessica Millan, and Camille Simmons on "Connections"
Julie Williams
(foreground) Ashara Baker, (background) Jessica Millan, and Camille Simmons on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Tuesday, November 28, 2023

American children are struggling to read in troubling numbers.

A recent documentary brought out a packed auditorium at East High School. Among them was Rochester City School District Commissioner Camille Simmons, who has been thinking about her own possible contributions to reading rates in Rochester.

This hour, we talk about why popular approaches have not worked and what communities and schools can do next.

Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.