Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Young boy and his mother reading together on a park bench

DeSoto County: A Successful 2019, and a Keen Vision for GLR in 2020

Historically, DeSoto County’s third grade reading scores have hovered below 30%. In 2018, only 29% of third-grade students in the county were reading on grade level. However, 2019 has brought some positive changes and improvements. There’s a lot of action… Read More

Stepping Forward Past the Fear-Based Stories We Tell Ourselves

“BRAIN MATTERS” An International Documentary with a Local Connection   In “Brain Matters,” Director Carlota Nelson travels the world — including Sarasota, FL — to interview scientists, psychologists, and other early childhood development experts to reveal the essential factors which… Read More


The past few weeks have provided a full calendar of seemingly disparate appointments and activities. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) hosted five screenings in four counties of the ground-breaking documentary,… Read More

Harwood Reflection

As I began this reflection, I realized it was my 5th anniversary as a Harwood Public innovator. In 2014, I’d participated in the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation training funded by The Patterson Foundation. For three… Read More


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by the United Way of Charlotte County and is written by Kim Amontree, Charlotte County School Board Member. In “Brain Matters,” Director Carlota Nelson… Read More

Can I have a Hug?

On the weekend of October 12–13, 2019, Manatee County Technical College opened its doors to host the fifth Remote Area Medical Clinic (RAM). The mission of RAM is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality healthcare… Read More