At Unite for Literacy, we picture a world where all children have access to an abundance of books that celebrate their languages and cultures and cultivate a lifelong love of reading.
Unite for Literacy has developed the platform, publishing tools, and systems-based strategies that support our public and private sector partners to change the literacy landscape of their communities and optimize the future for all their young children. Our projects build home libraries and support families to develop a daily habit of reading, both of which are key factors in growing lifelong readers.
To accomplish our vision, the Unite for Literacy team brings together expertise from the fields of literacy education, business innovation, strategic planning, and early childhood development. Team members include;
Mike has consulted with schools, Native American tribes, and large-scale international groups to make engaging, low-cost books available in every home, and to educate families on the importance of reading. Mike deeply believes that all children have a right to experience the joy of reading, and that technology holds the key to book abundance for everyone.
Kurt has been involved in the acquisition and management of numerous companies in a variety of industries and has played an active role in the formation and management of many start-up companies. Kurt is passionate about working with business leaders, assisting them in building their companies, and advising them to successfully navigate all phases of the business cycle.
Mark has focused at the college level on language arts teacher education preparation, global literacy development, and national and international partnerships promoting reading and learning. Mark’s goal is to support parents and young children to enjoy and share books together, creating the foundation for kids to become avid, lifelong readers and learners.
Holly has written numerous picture books for young children. She has supported children and families as a preschool director and teacher, as well as preparing early childhood educators. Holly’s passion lies with connecting children and their grownups to wonder, creativity, and literacy through hands-on explorations and playful interactions.
James has been involved in many facets of small and large companies spanning sales, marketing, business intelligence, strategic planning, and management. His experience has been focused on managing and leading innovative, potential high-growth companies. James is passionate about finding solutions to the current roadblocks on the path to building better businesses.
Unite for Literacy is a non-traditional publishing company that includes these services:
Unite for Literacy supports literacy-based projects by providing books and family support, a digital creation and curation platform, strategic planning, systems-design, and campaign management expertise to our partners. We can help with grant research, writing, and oversight, crowd-funding, corporate sponsorship, and project management. Our solutions are designed to fit the community, no matter the size.
Unite for Literacy is experienced and eager to engage with local partners to tackle the challenge of growing the habit of reading at a community wide level. We support our partners with tools to identify existing infrastructure for family engagement and data collection, build partnerships in the non-profit and service sectors of the community, and host family engagement/reading events that build community and encourage reading. We also assist in engaging the private sector with fundraising/sponsorship/community support.
We know there are many organizations focused on improving outcomes for the children in their communities. They may be seeking only to improve reading scores and graduation rates, or working more broadly to support autonomy, competence, a sense of belonging, poverty eradication, health equity, etc. Whatever the goal, our work is to support them with an innovative, data-driven approach. We believe that books in the home and a habit of reading are high leverage points that can provide a common thread to unite these diverse groups. Our screen cast, Unite Talk, explains our approach as well as the underlying research. Recent survey results, highlighted in this graphic, illuminate the effectiveness of our approach.
We seek partners who want to disrupt the current literacy landscape in their schools or communities by focusing on the higher purpose of creating lifelong learners. These partners represent every part of the public, private, and civic sectors: