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The COVID-19 pandemic left its mark on the 2019-20 academic year with school closures, the rapid switch to remote learning, and other challenges but, by working together, teachers, coaches, and administrators were able to help students stay on track. The ALLMemphis team has been proud to be part of a network of dedicated professionals supporting families through this difficult time.

We want to thank ALL teachers at our partner schools for their continued commitment to our students through the end of an unprecedented school year. Our work would not have been possible without your dedication to unlock student potential and educate our children despite all odds. THANK YOU! 
Throughout the summer, we’ve focused on making sure that our schools, teachers, and students are ready to make new gains in foundational literacy skills when virtual classes resume in the fall.
We held our first signature teacher training sessions in July.  Teachers, coaches, and reading interventionists from some of our partner schools engaged in three days of intensive development that they will be able to use to make a positive impact on student reading performance in the upcoming school year.
Also in July, we taught our ALLMemphis curriculum via Zoom in our first-ever ALLMemphis Summer Learning Academy!  Our very own Nikeesha Kelley and Deidra Hawkins instructed students in a series of live 30-minute sessions every Monday and Tuesday morning.  We had two separate links to join either kindergarten or first grade lessons, and families were able to join both days each week so that students got the full lesson.  These sessions were free and open to ALL. 
In addition, our entire collection of digital learning videos is now available on our website. Families can revisit individual lessons or watch the full series to continue at-home learning right up until the first day of class.

While “school” will look a little different for 2020-21, we are excited to be able to support our teachers virtually. We look forward to the new year and are ready to work with all of you to take on the challenges ahead.
ALLMemphis received an additional $5,000 grant from the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. This grant supported our ALLMemphis Summer Learning Academy and our efforts to provide learning kits to children who were at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are so grateful to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis for this support!
With saddened hearts, we say goodbye to two ALLMemphis team members: Director of School Support Carl Schneider and Senior Program Specialist Clifford Stockton.  We wish them both ALL the best in their new endeavors, and we are pleased to announce that Carl will be staying involved with ALLMemphis as our newest board member!
We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kristi Baker to the ALLMemphis Team as Director of Curriculum and Instruction! Kristi is an experienced educator whose career has focused on improving academic and behavioral outcomes for all students, especially those from vulnerable populations.
Kristi earned her Master’s in Special Education from Southern Methodist University where she has also just completed her PhD in Education.  Her doctoral research has focused on literacy development and academic and behavioral interventions that address the over-classification of minority students in special education. 

Prior to pursuing her PhD, Kristi was the Special Education Coordinator for an urban charter district in Dallas, TX. In her role, she coached teachers and worked to implement systems around special education, 504, and RTI to ensure that all schools within the district had the resources needed to serve their growing populations of students with disabilities. Additionally, she has taught a broad spectrum of students from a variety of backgrounds in elementary through high school. She is excited to join the ALLMemphis team and is passionate about ensuring that all students have access to high-quality instruction.
We are also thrilled to welcome Hillarie Henderson (left) and Meili Powell (right) to our ALLMemphis team as our newest Program Specialists! 
After recognizing her passion for early literacy and instruction during her years as a teacher and school administrator, Hillarie joined the ALLMemphis team as a Program Specialist. Hillarie moved to Memphis in 2015 to join the Memphis Teacher Residency program and earned a Masters of Urban Education from Union University. Additionally, Hillarie earned her Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.
Prior to this position, Hillarie both taught and coached the ALLMemphis curriculum, which has allowed her to gracefully step into her role where she is supporting teacher development through data-informed and research-based strategies in an effort to provide equitable educational opportunities for all students. Hillarie seeks to support schools and teachers through relationship building, regular coaching, and data analysis that promotes best practices.
Meili developed a passion for equity and relationship-building through working with students during her time at the University of Washington, where she studied early childhood education and history. Meili moved to Memphis in 2017 to join Teach for America. As a corps member, she taught reading, writing, and social studies for three years in Orange Mound and South Memphis as a 3rd and 1st grade teacher.
Beyond the classroom, Meili has worked with Stand for Children as a Policy and Advocacy Fellow where she analyzed best literacy practices, researched trauma-informed work, and helped organize a “Funding Students First” campaign. Meili continues to support Stand for Children’s Momentum Memphis task force meetings, which engages community members to fight for a quality education for all. As a Program Specialist at ALLMemphis, Meili is now using her passion to support teachers and empower students to ultimately work toward literacy justice in our city.
And last but definitely not least, we want to congratulate our team members Deidra Hawkins (left) and Nikeesha Kelley (right) for being promoted to Program Specialist Managers! Not only will they continue to support our partner school teachers and students; they will play a vital role in developing our new program specialists and take a more prominent role in our training and program development.
ALLMemphis believes that reading and freedom are intrinsically linked. But the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd reminded us that reading, education, and access aren’t enough to combat the violence and danger of systemic racism and police brutality. ALLMemphis is committed to being a just, equitable organization with a mission to make Memphis a fully literate society by providing high-quality literacy instruction that benefits ALL students. We stand with our Black colleagues, teachers, and students in actively working to dismantle systems of oppression in education and our city’s history, and Executive Director Krista Johnson signed the Memphis Nonprofits Demand Action open letter demanding that government and corporate leaders act boldly to make Memphis a city where everyone thrives.
High Ground News - Memphis Coronavirus Resource Guide
Fox 13 Memphis - Non-Profit Partners with SCS to Offer Literacy Lessons
The New Tri-State Defender - TV Literacy Lessons for SCS Students
Memphis Parent Magazine - ALLMemphis, SCS Provide Literacy Lessons
Choose 901 - Local Resources to Keep You and Your Kids from Cutting Class
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