Thank you This live web event has ended. Thank you for attending. Contributors Karen Vaites Karen Vaites is a literacy advocate who lives in New York City. Before founding Eduvaites, her advocacy firm, she was the founding Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategist at high-quality curriculum provider Open Up Resources, and previously served at Student Achievement Partners. Today, she consults with multiple leading literacy nonprofits around the effort to align reading instruction with evidence and research on how kids learn to read. Yvette Stewart Dr. Yvette Stewart has served 24 years in public education as a classroom teacher, an elementary/middle school administrator, a university professor, state leader, and currently the Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning in Hamilton County Schools, TN. Dr. Stewart is a proud alumna of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, earning her Bachelor’s degree as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, a Master’s degree as a North Carolina Principal Fellow and her Ed.D. Dr. Stewart’s reputation as an educational leader earned her the NC State Superintendent’s Performance Excellence Award. She actively serves on several advisory boards and councils that advocate on behalf of public education and school reform. Vesia Wilson-Hawkins Vesia Wilson-Hawkins has spent more than twenty years working in the public education sector in Nashville. A blogger, parent advocate, and independent consultant, she has spent the last few years focused on literacy and educational justice for children and families.