Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

Collective Impact Models That Work for Tackling Grade Level Reading and Other Big Goals

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 109 AB

While libraries often endeavor to take on the toughest problems facing their communities, even a core issue like literacy can be difficult to make progress on at a large, measurable scale. Using examples from Philadelphia and Charlotte, this session will explore how Collective Impact models can position libraries to substantially impact literacy and grade level reading rates and other issues by coordinating efforts of key partners, advancing policy, and mobilizing multiple funding sources.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Understand the advantages and limitations of Collective Impact strategies 2: Be able to identify opportunites to apply Collective Impact strategies given community and library characteristics 3: Be able to advocate for Collective Impact strategies in their communities and institutions where appropriate

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2  

Track: Collaborate

Tags: Leadership, Advocacy, Facilitation, Innovation, Leadership, Literacy, Partnerships and Collaboration


Emily Dowdall, Chief of Policy Implementation
Reinvestment Fund , Philadelphia , PA

Ms. Dowdall's career has focused on helping cities and the institutions that serve them run better?including libraries. At Reinvestment Fund she co-authored a 2016 report on how museums and libraries serve as "community catalysts." Previously, as a researcher at the Pew Charitable Trusts, she studied the contributions of and challenges faced by urban public libraries. She has a Master of City Planning degree from UPenn and a B.A. in Urban Studies from NYU.

Jenny Bogoni, Executive Director, Read by 4th
Free Library of Philadelphia , Philadelphia , PA

Jenny Bogoni is the Executive Director of Read by 4th, Philadelphia's grade-level reading campaign. Made up of a coalition of 90+ partner organizations, Read by 4th is convened and managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia. Jenny was also the Vice President for Partnerships at Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), where she led several citywide campaigns, managing complex issues and goals with wide-ranging constituents.

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