The Chief's Summer Reading Challenge is optimized through partnerships with top education leaders and the Governor's Office to institute a statewide coordination to fight the summer learning loss epidemic.
In Partnership with State Agencies
State agencies, such as Parks Departments and Libraries, can greatly benefit students during the summer months through their promototion of summer reading.
Florida's "Summer Reading Adventure" program http://cdn.lexile.com/m/uploads/case-studies/FindaBookFlorida.pdf. Their Parks Department worked with the Department of Education and the Governor's Office to promote summer reading, Lexile® measures and "Find a Book" http://www.fldoe.org
- Kentucky used PBS to highlight research through interviews with State Librarian Wayne Onkst and MetaMetrics' President and Co-Founder, Malbert Smith http://www.ket.org/cgi-bin/cheetah/watch_video.pl?nola=KONON+000717&altdir=&template=
- South Dakota's Chief Melody Schopp and Malbert Smith discuss the importance of summer learning. See http://listen.sdpb.org/post/summer-reading-loss
In Partnership with Governor's Offices
From the First Ladies to the Governors, the state officials in the governor's offices can encourage their young learners to read all year long.
- "Find a Book, Colorado" initiative http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/Releases/20120228summerreading.htm
- Florida's First Lady Ann Scott Kicked Off the 2012 Summer Literacy Adventures http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/Florida_First_Lady_Ann_Scott_Kicks_Off_Summer_Literacy_Adventures_158163415.html?ref=415
Illinois State Officials join to promote summer reading http://www.isbe.state.il.us/news/2012/may24.htm
Kansas's Governor Sam Brownback's and local celebrities' PSAs http://www.readkansasread.ks.gov/video.htm
Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear's Summer Reading http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7uyC3godQc&list=UUugaK8pNVYl-j3rqesBP3Lw&index=2&feature=plpp_video PSA