Join state and local school officials at “The Right to Read” events highlighting literacy


A recent episode of “All Sides with Anna Staver” focused on literacy and discussed the science behind how a student is taught to read, the importance of effective instructional practices, and the State of Ohio’s plan to improve reading achievement. At the center of this discussion is “The Right to Read,” a documentary chronicling an NAACP activist, a teacher, and two families who champion the importance of literacy and its foundational impact as an indicator of lifelong success. The film explores the importance of implementing literacy instruction grounded in the science of reading.
The science of reading refers to research that has been conducted for decades that shows there is an actual science behind learning to read and that certain skills need to be taught, including phonics. The State of Ohio has made significant investments to strengthen literacy achievement for students through professional development for teachers, high-quality instructional materials, and literacy coaches.


The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, in partnership with Ohio Excels, Columbus City Schools, and Parents for Reading Justice will host a free documentary film screening of “The Right to Read” on Tuesday, April 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Lincoln Theatre in Columbus. Educators, parents, and community members are invited to attend.
Reserve your seat here.
Following the screening, Anna Staver, host of “All Sides” on WOSU, will moderate a panel discussion featuring:
  • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
  • Kareem Weaver, the film’s protagonist and producer
  • Brett Tingley, founder and president of Parents for Reading Justice
Additional remarks will be provided by:
  • Stephen D. Dackin, director of the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce
  • Dr. Angela Chapman, CEO and superintendent of Columbus City Schools
  • Lisa Gray, founding president of Ohio Excels


The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, Ohio Educational Service Center Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators, Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, and the Alliance for High Quality Education.
Education are inviting education leaders to “Clips and Conversation” on Wednesday, April 17, from 9:45-11:30 a.m., at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Stephen D. Dackin, director of the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, will provide opening remarks. Attendees will view portions of “The Right to Read” and hear a panel conversation on Ohio’s commitment to literacy achievement and the science of reading.

Register to attend Clips and Conversation.

The panel includes:
  • Kareem Weaver, producer of the film
  • Dave Jackson, superintendent, Northridge Local Schools
  • LaMonica Davis, Principal, Akron Public Schools