Loving Literacy in Informal Learning

Saturday, May 1st 12:00 - 1:30pm

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Session Description

Afterschool and summer learning programs are uniquely positioned to support young people’s love of language, reading, and writing especially among underserved youth who might have less connection to books and vocabulary at home to help them build a brighter future. Reading, writing, and thinking critically are important skills students need to succeed, but during the summer, students can lose approximately two months of reading achievement. Join our presenters and your peers to talk about rich strategies that work to keep young people engaged in literacy during the summer months.

Speaker Info

Michelle Timmons 

Founder and President 


Michele launched EnvisionEdPlus in 2014 to further her vision that all youth thrive, particularly in small and rural schools challenged by persistent gaps in community resources and funding. She drew on her previous experiences as the founding principal of one of Ohio’s most successful drop-out recovery schools, as the leader of Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center’s award-winning Care Team Collaborative, and as a trainer and coach for a national education foundation. The Care Team Collaborative, now replicated nationally, supported 15 schools in six rural Ohio counties addressing the comprehensive needs of all children.

Speaker Info

Tricia Moore 

Director of Partnerships and Engagement 


Tricia brings 20 years of experience in community engagement, partnership development, leadership support and communications. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Ohio Afterschool Network’s strategic leadership team and supported the network's advocacy and professional development initiatives. Moore spearheads EnvisionEdPlus’ PDPlus digital learning ecosystem which provides high quality, self-paced virtual learning to hundreds of educators and afterschool professionals. She has directly supported dozens of out-of-school programs in continuous improvement and sustainability planning, funding, and staff development.