Early Language and Literacy Summit
1 Day
3 Tracks
10 Sessions

2021 Governor’s Summit Virtual

The Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy cordially invites you to join us on June 16, 2021 for the virtual Governor’s Summit on Early Language and Literacy: Literacy Changes Lives. This day-long seminar will focus on advocating for literacy equity for every child in your community and state.

This year’s summit is designed to convene state and local policy leaders, educators, community leaders, parents, and researchers to explore the impact of cross-sector collaboration, the alignment of organizations, and the implementation of evidence-based practices aligned with the science of reading on improving early language and literacy outcomes for children from birth to age eight.

To accomplish these goals, the summit will provide insight on operationalizing ideas to practice, by equipping participants to return to their communities with practical, innovative solutions for improving literacy equity. We look forward to you joining us to advocate for equitable access to resources, opportunities, and high-quality instruction that advances literacy achievement for all Georgia’s children!

The Summit Experience


9:00 – 10: 00

Summit Opening Plenary

9:00- 9:10

Summit Opening

Dr. Theresa Magpuri-Lavell

Executive Director, Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy

Summit Welcome

Commissioner Amy Jacobs

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Video Address

Governor Brian Kemp

9:10- 9:12

University Welcome

Dr. Holley Roberts

Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
and Director of The Graduate School Georgia College and State University

9:12- 9:15

Keynote Introduction

Dr. Theresa Magpuri-Lavell

Executive Director, Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy

9: 15- 10:00

Opening Keynote

What Matters: Promising Practices in Early Language and Literacy Enhancement

Dr. J. Helen Perkins

Professor of Literacy
Instruction & Curriculum Leadership
The University of Memphis

Morning Concurrent Sessions

10:00- 11:00
Advocate for Cross-sector Collaboration

Collective Impact and Equity as Navigational Tools to Achieve Success in Early Childhood Care and Education

Junious Williams, JD

Principal of Junious Williams Consulting, Inc. (JWC)

Advocate for Quality Adult-Child Interaction and Language Nutrition

Language as a Missing Link & Missed Opportunity

Arianne Weldon

Strategic Innovation Manager and Get Georgia Reading Campaign Director, Georgia Family Connection Partnership

Dr. Garry McGiboney

Executive Director, Government and Education Programs, Sharecare, Inc.

Advocate for Evidence-based Practice Aligned with the Science of Reading

A Comprehensive Model for Building Teacher Capacity in Foundational Reading and Student Engagement

Dr. Debbie Alexander

Executive Director, CSRA RESA

11:00- 11:15

Visit Exhibit Booths

Visit Exhibit Booths

Visit Exhibit Booths

11:15- 12:15

Collaboration in the Valley: A Case Study of The Basics

Grace Nagel

Director, The Basics Chattahoochee Valley

Helena Coates

Chair, Birth to Pre-K Committee

Warren B. Steele II

Chapter Chair, Ferst Readers of Muscogee County

Project GLOW (Growing Language Outcomes Within Family Child Care)

Dr. Rhiana Mason

Research Scientist Urban Child Study Center, College of Education and Human Development, Georgia State University

Literacy Mentoring for Leadership Program Impact Study Key Findings.

Dr. Theresa Magpuri-Lavell

Executive Director, Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy

Dr. Grant Smith

Chair of Doctoral Programs
and Associate Professor of Research Design and Statistics Bellarmine University

Garrett Cook

Data Analyst 1, Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy (uniformity of layout)

12:15- 12:45


Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

12:45- 1:45

Advocate for Cross-sector Collaboration

The Basics Strategy: What None of Us Can Do Alone, All of Us Can Do Together

Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson

President and CEO, The Basics, Inc. Adjunct Lecturer
Harvard Kennedy School

Advocate for Evidence-base Practice Aligned with the Science of Reading

Literacy for Georgia

Dr. Caitlin McMunn Dooley

Deputy Superintendent Georgia Department of Education

1:45- 2:00

Visit Exhibit Booths

Visit Exhibit Booths

Visit Exhibit Booths

2:00 - 3:00
Summit Closing Plenary

Closing Keynote

2:00- 2:15 Teacher Preparation and Equity

Dr. Cynthia Bolton Gary
Associate Vice Chancellor Educator Preparation and Policy University System of Georgia

2:15- 2:25 Video Address

Mrs. Sandra Dunagan Deal Former First Lady of Georgia

2:25- 3:00 Closing Keynote:

Principles for Creating Meaningful and Equitable Literacy Learning: Establishing early literacy systems of change

Dr. Gary Bingham
Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education Director of Urban Child Study Center Georgia State University


Frequently Asked Questions

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  • State and Local Policy Leaders
  • Educational Leaders and Inservice Educators- K to 3rd grade
  • High. Ed. Educator Preparation Instructors
  • Preservice Teachers
  • Educational Researchers
  • Education Advocates
  • Community Leaders
  • Parents and Caregivers – Birth to Age 8
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