Family Literacy Nights & Other Opportunities for Tennessee Families


By: Comm. Penny Schwinn 

Since we know parents are our students first teachers, we knew it would be essential for Reading 360 to engage parents as partners in the effort to get all children reading by third grade. Our investment in Tennessee’s teachers through the Early Reading Training will ensure excellent reading instruction in every classroom. However, educators are not the only partners in literacy. We know we need to equip families to be partners in creating strong learning experiences for our kids. 

This summer, five community organizations will host literacy nights for families, to bring families to the important conversation about how children learn to read. They’ll offer a chance for families to learn what strong, structured reading instruction looks like, directly from Tennessee teachers.  

Families will also learn how they can create reading experiences at home and take advantage of the new, free resources available from the Tennessee Department of Education through Reading 360: free ‘decodable’ books for early readers, “Ready4K” informational texts, and educational summer programming on  local PBS stations. Families can learn more about these opportunities below. 

Learn more about Reading 360

As a parent, I have found knowing the fundamentals of how kids learn to read to be empowering, and I want all parents to have this key information.  


Join a Family Literacy Night: 

These events are open to all Tennessee families: 

  • How Are Our Schools Advancing Children’s Literacy? 
    • Hosted by United WE READ, an initiative of the United Way of Greater Kingsport 
    • Tuesday, June 29 @ 6:30 PM ET | REGISTER HERE 
  • Focus on the Future: Supporting Your Child’s Reading Success 
    • Hosted by The Salvation Army 
    • Thursday, July 15 @ 6:00 PM CT | REGISTER HERE
  • The Keys to Research-Aligned Reading Instruction  
    • Hosted by the Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association 
    • Thursday, July 29 @ 7:00 PM CT  |  REGISTER HERE

A special thank you to these community leaders for hosting family literacy nights. I’m inspired to see the collective, statewide passion for supporting children’s literacy and empowering families.