Maps tell us where we are and help us find where we are going. Few maps accomplish those tasks as well as Read On Arizona’s MapLIT application. If the children are our future, and if the future is yet to be written, we must teach the children to write. And how do we do that? To start, we must know exactly where those children stand in terms of literacy. Then we must chart a course that leads the children toward literacy gains and achievements. MapLIT gives us tools to help us accomplish both of those things.
With support from Read On Arizona, the Maricopa Association of Governments, and various other Arizona state agencies, MapLIT was created to support planning and programming related to improving early literacy throughout Arizona. By combining digital map technology with educational data, MapLIT allows researchers and educators to literally map literacy trends and zoom in on opportunities for improvement.
Examples of Available Data and Reports
School locations (PreK & Elementary)
Ability to draw custom regions
District summary report with drilldown capability to school level:
School summary report with additional information:
Health care data for area
Chronic absence by demographic subgroup
First Things First survey results
MapLIT’s data and reports are available for use by all, as long as users follow the guidelines stated on the Read On Arizona website. View the Read On Arizona MapLIT webinar video below to learn more. Or go directly to MapLIT and start working!
The Arizona Department of Education partnered the Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix for Camp Christown Reading Fun Fest, which spanned two consecutive Saturdays in September. More than two hundred wide-eyed children and their parents attended the events, interacting with characters, receiving free books, and enjoying treats.
ADE’s Community Outreach team was on site promoting Read 20 Arizona, the agency’s initiative to encourage early and ongoing literacy, and providing resource materials to interested attendees. As Superintendent Diane Douglas stated, “Our great state already has amazing literacy and vocabulary programs doing wonderful work for our children. Where those resources may not be readily available, we must shine as much light as possible on them and help families and parents access them for the benefit of our youngest students.”
The theme for the September 9 event was Alice in Wonderland, complete with a brightly adorned Mad Hatter strolling around with the Cheshire Cat wrapped around his neck. A stately, scowling, pursed-lipped Queen of Hearts stopped occasionally to pose for photos with the children, while a giant rabbit frequently watched the clock as it hurriedly painted funny creatures and flowers with eyes the children’s faces. In counterpoint to the fray was the sweet, unassuming girl in blue and white (Alice, of course), who gently spoke with the children as they waited patiently in line.
Not to be out done, the Cat in Hat brought his own particular brand of fun the next weekend. The cat himself posed for photos with Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and the many children waiting to eat his infamous “Green Eggs and Ham!” All the characters escorted the long winding lines of children to their seats at tables set with colorful table cloths, ornate candle holders with balloons, patterned tea cups and saucers. Much to many children’s relief, they were served cookies, cupcakes and juice rather than green eggs (or ham).