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Mapping the Organizations in Allegheny County's Literacy Ecosystem

Orman, Meghan and Geibel, Sharon and Wanless, Shannon and Moye, Shallegra (2021) Mapping the Organizations in Allegheny County's Literacy Ecosystem. Mapping the Organizations in Allegheny County's Literacy Ecosystem.

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What do you envision when you imagine a "literacy paradise"? This is a question we in the 3Rs Initiative think about a lot. The 3Rs Initiative is housed at the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Child Development and is the early-school age cohort of The Pittsburgh Study, a longitudinal community- engaged study looking at what supports thriving from prenatal through adolescence. 3Rs stands for "Reading, Racial Equity, and Relationships". The 3Rs Initiative is a team of families, community members, professionals, and scholars who are committed to ensuring all K-3rd grade students in Allegheny County thrive by focusing on cultivating racially equitable, warm, and affirming literacy experiences.

Over the last year, we engaged in an ecosystem mapping project with literacy organizations in Allegheny County. The purpose of this project was to find out how these organizations support children's literacy development, how they connect with each other, and what they imagine a literacy paradise would look like. In this report, we share our findings from this project and a brief overview of the ecosystem mapping process. These findings are useful to the 3Rs because they help us understand what is already being done in the community to support literacy development so we do not duplicate efforts. It also helps us identify areas where 3Rs can offer support, particularly around the ongoing development of racial competencies. Perhaps most importantly, however, is that through this process of mapping we have built relationships with key literacy organizations in our community, relationships which will be integral to any future system-wide effort to support literacy development across the county.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Orman, Meghanmco29@pitt.edumco290000-0002-9802-9260
Geibel, Sharonshg24@pitt.edushg240000-0002-2442-7733
Wanless, Shannonswanless@pitt.eduswanless0000-0003-1766-6418
Moye, Shallegrasdm76@pitt.edusdm760000-0002-8981-6967
Date: 2021
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Mapping the Organizations in Allegheny County's Literacy Ecosystem
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Psychology in Education
Refereed: No
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2024 18:12
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 18:12


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