Importance of literacy at center of upcoming documentary screenings


The Right to Read” is a documentary that chronicles an NAACP activist, a teacher,
and two families who champion the importance of literacy and its foundational impact as an indicator of lifelong success. Two events in April will bring together state leaders, educators, families, and community members to engage in discussions about the film and the importance of implementing literacy instruction grounded in the science of reading.

Community Screening: April 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Parents for Reading Justice, Columbus City Schools, Ohio Excels, and the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce invite community members to a screening of “The Right to Read” on Tuesday, April 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Lincoln Theatre in Columbus.
Register to attend the community screening.
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

Clips and Conversation for Education Leaders: April 17 at 9:45 a.m.

Education leaders are invited 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
The event is hosted by 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.