The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde
We know that historically Oregon’s early learning and education system have not adequately supported tribal students and their families with high quality early learning programs. As a result, tribal students have among the lowest reading scores in the state. To learn about existing partnerships and programs designed to curb this trend, and to better understand barriers tribal families face, we engaged with tribal leaders and parents at The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and educators at Willamina Elementary School, where many tribal students attend.
Through a series of conversations, we engaged with community members to help determine how communication to, and engagement with tribal families about literacy building can alleviate barriers and turn cultural activities into learning opportunities for their children.
On October 15th we’ll be launching stORytime at an event that brings together Willamina Elementary kindergarteners, community and education leaders, local businesses, libraries and elected officials for a celebration at Willamina Elementary School. The event will build excitement for students, empower families and challenge the community to come together to put local students on a path to lifelong success by helping to ensure they are reading proficiently by third grade.