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Catalyst is created and published by The Literate Nation Media Team

Cinthia H. Coletti, Literate Nation CEO
Rich Long, Literate Nation President
Carolyn D. Cowen, VP of Online Innovation & Executive/Catalyst Editor
Susan Smart, VP Science Core Group
Elenn Steinberg, VP Advocacy Core Group
Norma S. Garza, Director of Operations
Eric Berendt, Creative Director
Scott Redmond, Motion Media Producer
Brittany Coletti, Social Media Coordinator

Dorothy Morrison, Editor in Chief
Rosemary Bowler, Consulting Editor
Richard Bradford, Senior Editor/Writer
Jill Jenson, Senior Editor
Terri Hessler, Senior Editor
Abby Priedeman, Senior Editor



Catalyst—a bimonthly, free-access, digital magazine published by Literate Nation—is available to all members as well as to those who wish to “subscribe only.” Click here to learn more.

Literacy champions: Get a bimonthly dose of inspiration, discourse, engagement, and support

Our editorial aim is to meld innovations and best practices in new-media journalism with quality content across domains ranging from research to practice, policy to legislation, and theoretical to practical. We focus on content that supports grassroots efforts to enact, implement, and sustain effective state literacy laws.

Catalyst delivers to your in-box each every other month a lively and engaging digital magazine that promotes understanding of complex issues, informs discourse, and arms you with practical tips and valuable resources.

Whether you work to improve U.S. literacy as an educator, researcher, thought leader, policymaker, parent, or advocate, we seek to provide the vital information you need.

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In this issue of Catalyst

Rich Long, Literate Nation’s president, writes in the lead article about how building a reading culture can help bridge the reading divide. We hear from Rich in two other features—his notes from the recent congressional hearing on dyslexia (with a link to the archived webcast) and two recent web-radio programs in which he was interviewed about solutions to our nation’s literacy challenges. Follow the links to hear those programs.

This issue of Catalyst also features an update from Rich and from Elenn Steinberg (Literate Nation Vice President, Advocacy Core Group) about our two upcoming boot camps (one live in Denver; one virtual) October 17-19 as well as a video brief from our Virginia boot camp September 26-28. We also have an in-depth white paper—“Beyond Literacy Legislation: Implementation Is Key—Lessons from Colorado, Connecticut, and Minnesota,” from Susan Smart, (Literate Nation Vice President, Science Core Group). Finally, we have a wonderful infographic—“Birth to Career in a Literate Nation”—from our Creative Director, Eric Berendt.

In short, this issue is packed with great content (all of which you can access below) to help us put our collective shoulder to the daunting but doable task of bringing effective reading instruction to every child in every classroom across the nation!

Carolyn D. Cowen, Catalyst Editor


by Richard Long, Ed.D., Literate Nation President

We can make a difference for all of our vulnerable SEEDS children

Equity is not an abstract idea when one is talking about whether or not your own child can read. Learning to read is one of the fundamental tools that will determine whether or not your child and all of our children are successful. This is clear to anyone who has noticed that we have moved from a muscle based factory and farming society…


Dr. Long reports from the Congressional Hearing on Dyslexia
A video report on the recent Literate Nation Virginia Boot Camp
LN President Richard Long, in two new, radio interviews
Legislation is not enough to solve the ongoing U.S. literacy crisis
Starting kids in the reading habit early has lasting results
Blueprint for a Literate Nation has solutions to U.S. literacy crisis