Introducing… The 3-6-9 Series

Blog Introducing… The 3-6-9 Series

Why 3-6-9? At age 3, we’re helping children develop the vocabulary they need to be school-ready at age 6, and to be able to successfully make the shift at age 9 from learning to read, to reading to learn—so they can succeed in school and in life.

Each talk discusses the value of literacy and different ways to support early childhood learning.

Upcoming talks

The Stories We Tell

September 15, 2021, 3pm

After decades of telling stories that entertain and inform Kathilee helps others use story to foster positive change in the world. With the examples of ELLA’s Face to Face Project, Wellbeing Waterloo Region’s Finding Hope Movement, to her current ELLA/CYPT’s Cuddle Up & Read Initiative Kathilee will help you understand how to apply the rules of progressive communications while considering the role story plays in changing mindsets to shift culture towards progressive policies and programs while applying effective strategies such as nudge theory.

Kathilee Porter was a television producer with credits on virtually every Canadian network and many in the US and around the world. She produced talk and game shows, music videos, educational programs, documentaries, kids programming and commercials. She worked with celebrities, heroes, experts, politicians and everyday folk. Her favourite topic focuses were health, children and youth and social issues. Kathilee has won dozens of awards including the John Cleese Comedy Award, an In-Awe Medical Marketing Award, New York Film Festival Gold and she’s been nominated for Geminis and even a Juno.

Currently Kathilee and her husband run a Cambridge based media company. Tim and Kathilee have a blended family and their company blends their individual talents as storyteller and digital artist. The Blends principals chose to focus their efforts on changing the world. Together they create media that fosters understanding, communicates knowledge and inspires change.

In addition, Kathilee serves as the Activator for ELLA (Early Learning & Literacy Alliance) in Waterloo Region. Her role is to foster and build connections, spark collaborations and innovate within the Alliance, across the community and beyond. Basically she makes stuff happen without reinventing the wheel but as much as possible with unusual suspects.

Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation: Driving More Equitable Access to Early Literacy Tips, Tools & Resources for Families

October 20, 2021, 3pm

The Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation (CCLF) is a national charity that promotes and develops children’s literacy initiatives, champions literacy partners, and empowers people to build strong literacy skills in their homes and communities.

Supporting parents and caregivers with tools and encouragement to talk, sing and read with their babies and young children can have a lasting impact on the child’s reading journey. CCLF’s programs are aimed at ensuring families with babies and young children can access literacy resources and information where they are – such as their healthcare provider’s office or at their local food bank. 

Nina Jobanputra Shukla, Literacy Content Manager at CCLF, will tell you about the organization’s new Early Words/Premiers mots program, which provides early literacy tools and resources to healthcare professionals so they, in turn, can guide the families in their care. She will also talk about Read On Canada!/Lisons Canada!, a coalition initiative launched in response to the pandemic, which has put more than 300,000 books into the hands of kids through food banks.

Nina is a Speech-Language Pathologist registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario. She joined CCLF in 2020, after more than 10 years of clinical experience in educational, community and healthcare settings. Nina has witnessed firsthand how early literacy experiences have a positive impact on a child’s academics, social relationships, confidence, critical thinking skills and so much more. At CCLF, she brings her expertise in language and literacy development to drive system-level change and support communities to access the resources required to help Canadian children reach their full potential.

Little Free Libraries: Expanding Book Access for All

November 17, 2021, 3pm

Little Free Library book-sharing boxes are an approachable and effective way to bring books to readers in urban, suburban, rural, and Indigenous communities. There are more than 100,000 Little Free Libraries worldwide, in 110 countries and all 7 continents. Through them, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. In 2020, the LFL nonprofit launched “Read in Color,” an initiative that distributes diverse books through the Little Free Library network to help build greater understanding, empathy, and inclusion.

Greig Metzger is the Executive Director of Little Free Library®, a nonprofit organization that is a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries. LFL received the 2020 World Literacy Award and was recognized by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation and others for its dedication to improving book access for all.  As a senior executive, Greig has directed nonprofits, as well as for-profit organizations in both consumer and B-to-B spaces. A common theme throughout has been change, growth, and momentum creation.  A resident of Woodbury, Minnesota, Greig is a Princeton University graduate, with an AB in Economics, and has an MBA from New York University in Finance.

Past Talks