Arianne Weldon to Manage the Georgia Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Posted February 25, 2013
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Ari­anne Wel­don joined the Atlanta Civic Site in Decem­ber 2012 to serve as the project direc­tor for the Geor­gia Cam­paign for Grade-Lev­el Read­ing. She will work with the nation­al Cam­paign for Grade-Lev­el Read­ing and the grow­ing num­ber of Geor­gia part­ners to build on the momen­tum devel­oped since the cam­paign’s launch in 2010. While the 2011 Nation­al Assess­ment of Edu­ca­tion­al Progress revealed that only 35% of Geor­gia’s chil­dren are pro­fi­cient read­ers by the time they begin fourth grade, the Geor­gia cam­paign seeks to raise that num­ber to 60% by 2015.

With this goal in mind, Wel­don will engage more part­ners from across the state, includ­ing key non­prof­its, state agen­cies and schools dis­tricts. She also will co-cre­ate an action plan to ensure chil­dren are on track through their ear­ly years and grades, in addi­tion to devel­op­ing a report card to mon­i­tor the cam­paign’s results.

Wel­don brings skills and rela­tion­ships crit­i­cal to the cam­paign’s suc­cess. She most recent­ly served as the Mater­nal and Child Health Ser­vices Title V admin­is­tra­tor for the Geor­gia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health. Before that, she spent a decade at the Geor­gia Fam­i­ly Con­nec­tion Part­ner­ship, seek­ing to improve results for chil­dren and fam­i­lies statewide. She holds a Mas­ter of Pub­lic Health from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty and a bach­e­lor’s degree in soci­ol­o­gy from Geor­gia State University.

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