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A Conversation with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

  What do a tutor and a program officer for one of the biggest foundations in town have in common? Turns out, quite a lot! They’re both first-generation college students. And they’ve both lived in foreign countries: Henry was a teacher in China for four years, and, as a child, Virginia lived in Mexico (among […]

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Education and Equality: Meet Sam Zigrossi

  Sam Zigrossi was reflecting on his family background. His father and both sets of grandparents immigrated to the United States from Italy, and the new life that they built for themselves here led Sam to believe that education is “how you can make your way in the world.” It’s hardly surprising to hear Sam […]

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Sheryl Prater: From Struggling Reader to Literacy Teacher

Sheryl Prater might have given 15 years to Literacy First before retiring in 2013, but she says that she still wishes we could have played a role in her life much sooner…in her early childhood. “If I’d had a tutor back when I was a very young struggler,” she says, “there’s no telling how different […]

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Susan Hull: Literacy First Champion

  As a brand-new grandmother, Susan Hull has really begun to appreciate on a whole new level just how early literacy development starts in a child. Her baby grandson reminds her every day about the important role that reading has always played in her family. “We just assumed you would read,” she remembers, “and of […]

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