The NC Pathways to Grade Level Reading initiative's vision is bold: All North Carolina children, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, are reading on grade-level by the end of third grade, and all children with disabilities achieve expressive and receptive communication skills commensurate with their developmental ages, so that they have the greatest opportunity for life success. 

To get there, we need state and local policies and practices aligned around and actively advancing a common vision, shared measures of success and coordinated strategies that support children’s optimal development beginning at birth.

The NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative is creating partnerships among the state’s early learning and education, public agency, policy, philanthropic and business leaders to define a common vision, shared measures of success and coordinated strategies that support children’s optimal development beginning at birth.

In the first two phases of the work, a Data Action Team recommended data measures that research shows move the needle on third grade reading proficiency, and Learning Teams determined where North Carolina should focus first. They recommended, and the larger Pathways stakeholders group approved, three areas of focus:
  • Social-emotional health,
  • High quality birth-through-age-eight education, and
  • Regular school attendance.
Now, in the third phase of the work, Pathways to Grade Level Reading Design Teams are tasked with deciding which strategies to prioritize to make progress in these critical areas. The strategy options in the following lists were proposed by local community providers, North Carolina parents of young children, Design Team members, and national research. These strategies reflect Pathways' intentional equity lens that is focused explicitly, but not exclusively, on race. 
 
Your feedback on this survey will help the Design Teams prioritize which strategies Pathways should focus on. To guide that decision, Design Teams have agreed on a set of Pathways Criteria that are based on principles that have guided the work since the beginning. Please prioritize strategies that:
  • Address racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and ability inequities
  • Are data- and research-driven and informed by developmental science
  • Address the whole child and family
  • Are actionable and accountable
  • Address critical gaps in our system
 
Why are we asking you for your name and organization?
Survey responses will ONLY be shared in the aggregate. As we strive to be mutually transparent in our collective work, we want to understand who is sharing in the process.

* 1. What is your first name?

* 2. What is your last name?

* 3. What is the name of your organization?

* 4. What is your title within your organization?

* 5. What is your area of expertise? (Select all that apply.)

* 6. Given the Pathways Criteria and your knowledge of the North Carolina context, which eight overarching strategies would you recommend Pathways move to action on first to address High Quality Birth-through-age-Eight Early Care and Education and Regular School Attendance?

* 7. Given the Pathways Criteria and your knowledge of the North Carolina context, which eight overarching strategies would you recommend Pathways move to action on first to address Social-Emotional Health?

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