The Right to Read ~ Presented by Best Beginnings
Director: Jenny Mackenzie Run Time: 80 min. Rating: Not rated Release Year: 2023
Presented by BEST BEGINNINGS ~ Alaska’s Early Childhood Investment
The stories of a courageous activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read.
Plays Monday, September 11th at 5:30 pm. Tickets will go on sale now!
Stay for the Panel Discussion after the film.
Amie Collins (moderator)
Margo Bellamy is currently serving a second term as president of the Anchorage School Board and is the President-Elect of the Association of Alaska School Boards. A retired educator and fierce advocate for students and families, Margo is committed to making schools and communities exceptional places to live, work and learn. Margo brings a unique experience, perspective and understanding of schools, leadership, educational issues, academic challenges, student outcome focused governance, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Susan McKenzie serves as the Director of Innovation and Education Excellence for Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. As an educator of over 40 years, she has expertise in the area of literacy and leadership. She currently helps lead the Alaska Reads Act.
Rozlyn Grady-Wyche is a student teacher intern completing her bachelor’s degree in special education and elementary education. She is the president and founder of the Alaska Coalition of BIPOC Educators and a mother of 5: 3 elementary age and 2 high schoolers. Roz’lyn was born and raised in Anchorage and is currently dedicated to focusing on the families in disenfranchised neighborhoods when it comes to their children’s education experience.
Part of the proceeds will benefit Best Beginnings.
Best Beginnings is a public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed. We have many partners across the state working to see this become a reality. Each of the partners contributes to this through unique programs and efforts that, collectively, serve the whole child and their family.
Since its beginning in September 2006, Best Beginnings has consistently carried out our mission by investing funds, resources, time, and energy in growing readers, building strong families, and engaging community.