170: Kathryn Starke – Bringing Literacy to the World

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9/25/18 show – Books have been a part of my life from way before I could read. I love reading so much I even walked out of school in first grade because I thought they weren’t going to teach me how to read.  You’ll have to read my book for the details though. Today I want to focus on my guest and how she is helping increase literacy around the world.

Without literacy you would not be reading this episode summary nor would I be able to do my show each week. Smartphones would not exist nor would most of the resources we take for granted today. Yet a large portion of the world cannot read at even a basic grade level and in some countries women are still not allowed to go to school.

Enter Kathryn Starke, Global Literacy advocate. Her goal is to help schools achieve literacy success while making it fun for their students of all ages.

Take a listen as we discuss how you can be a literacy advocate, how Kathryn has built a global business around literacy and how anyone can “Tackle Reading” in their community or around the world.

  Kathryn Starke is an urban literacy specialist, reading consultant, author, and the founder of Creative Minds Publications, LLC, a global literacy based educational company.  She has been featured on multiple media platforms including Fox Small Business News, Inspire Me Today, Virginia This Morning, and Conversations Live.

She currently serves on the board of Reach Out and Read Virginia.  She previously served on the Chris Baker 92 Foundation, and is the children’s author and literacy advocate for the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation reading program.  She served as a panelist on educational forums for University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University and was the keynote speaker for the PBS Kids Writing Contest Awards Ceremony.

A native of Richmond Virginia, Kathryn graduated from Longwood University with a BS degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Literacy and Culture.  She has taught first, second, and third grade and served as a literacy specialist for over a decade in inner city/Title I schools in Richmond Public Schools and Chesterfield County Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia.  She is the author of Amy’s Travels, a multicultural children’s book used in schools on over twenty countries on six continents.  The book was recently turned into a musical by the Latin Ballet of Virginia.

Kathryn was named one of the 50 Great Writers You Should be Reading by The Author’s Show.  She has provided in depth literacy consulting in over 80 schools, has presented at both state and national reading conferences, and has served as a consultant in some of the top 100 largest school districts in the country, working primarily in 5 states (Virginia, California, New York, Massachusetts, and South Carolina).

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