LITERACY CHANGES LIVES TOOLKIT

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The Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy has partnered with Civic Dinners to host 100 dinners across Georgia through 2018.

 

Help us LAUNCH a conversation that matterS IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
 

You’re invited to join communities across Georgia in a conversation exploring how early language and literacy changes lives and the role communities play in encouraging and developing young readers.

Through 2018, over one hundred Civic Dinners will take place across Georgia with the aim to bring people together to share stories and resources that have impacted the early language and literacy of children. By sharing stories and resources we can start the collaboration process for a well-equipped and innovative literacy community that ultimately propels every Georgia child to reading proficiently and beyond.

The stories, ideas and feedback collected from these dinners will inform the work of the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy to support the children and families of Georgia. 

 

WHAT IS A CIVIC DINNER?

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A Civic Dinner is a conversation over dinner, with a host, 6-10 guests, three big questions, with equal time to share and one voice at a time. The questions are provided to the host in advance and a follow-up email is automatically sent to all guests and hosts that help collect key insights from the dinner.


WHO ARE YOU?

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HOST A CIVIC DINNER

Become one of 100 hosts in Georgia in 2018. Gather 6-10 friends, peers, colleagues and neighbors for dinner to discuss how Literacy Changes Lives.


YOUR ROLE AS A HOST

Civic Dinners makes organizing your dinner easy.

Simply go civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives, click "Host a Dinner" and add your specific dinner details to create a custom dinner page to send to your guests to register for your dinner. All information regarding the conversation is automatically set, including email reminders and follow-ups sent to all guests and you as the host. Here are some things to keep in mind. 

 

1) Plan your dinner

  • Choose a date.

  • You can host either in a home or at a local restaurant, as long as it is a quiet space for 6-10 guests.

  • Decide on max capacity (best to keep to 6 if hosting at a restaurant).

  • Decide if you’d like it to be potluck or if you’d like to provide the food and ask people to pitch in.

  • Remember there is no responsibility for the host to cover the total cost of the dinner.

  • Everyone pays for their own meal or brings a dish if it is potluck, so there is no cost burden on the host.

 

2) Post your dinner

  • Go to civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives and click “Host a Dinner” to setup your dinner.

  • Follow the simple guide to select the date, time, location, max guests.

  • Dinners can be set to "open" where anyone can register or "host approval" where guests fill out more information about themselves and the host must approve guests before any confirmation is sent.

  • Upon completion you will have a branded dinner page with a unique URL you can share.

  • You’ll also receive a confirmation email with a link to download the host guide.

  • The Host Guide includes all prompts and questions that guide the conversation so you can sit back, relax and listen.

 

3) Spread the word and manage your guests

  • Invite friends or guests and share via Facebook through your dinner page.

  • Civic Dinners are designed to be inclusive, so hosts are encouraged to invite diverse voices to the table to enable a robust conversation.

  • Or leave it open on the platform and be open to people you may not know attending your dinner.

  • Track guests who have registered for your dinner through email or your dinner page.

  • All communications and reminders are automatically set through CivicDinners.com.

  • View the marketing guide below with sample messaging and images to share.

 

4) Enjoy your dinner and tell us about it!

  • Simply follow the host guide sent via email or follow the host guide card in the host kit.

  • Follow the Civic Dinner guidelines of one voice at a time, with equal time to share.

  • Make sure to take a photo of the dinner and capture any memorable quotes to share on social media.

  • Remember to post photos and share your experience on social media tagging @CivicDinners and #LiteracyChangesLives.

  • Encourage your guests to host their own Civic Dinner and keep the conversation going.

  • After the dinner, Civic Dinners will follow up with guests with a survey link to share their reflections, ideas and feedback.

 

Have questions or need help? Contact our user support team at support@civicdinners.com

Or fill out the form below for a personal follow-up from the Civic Dinners team. 


MARKETING YOUR CIVIC DINNER

YOU are amazing! Thank you for diving in and being 1 of 100 self organized Civic Dinner! We've created copy/paste messaging to help recruit attendees at your dinner.

COPY, PASTE + POST

 

EMAIL

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting

  • Use your unique dinner URL that you created on civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives

  • Copy/paste and send to friends and colleagues

 

Hey [best person ever],

I'm hosting a Civic Dinner on [insert date and time] at [awesome location of your Civic Dinner] and would love it if you could make it!

This isn't any regular dinner and we'll be joining 99 other Civic Dinners happening across Georgia aiming to bring people together to share stories and resources that have impacted the early language and literacy of children. You can anticipate some good food and good company, and some really meaningful and important conversation around how we can start the collaboration process for a well-equipped and innovative literacy community that ultimately propels every Georgia child to reading proficiently and beyond.

I think talking about these kinds of issues among family, friends, and colleagues will bring clarity and hopefully some solutions we can forward on to those ready to help.

You can learn more about my Civic Dinner and register at: [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com]

I hope you can make it and join in on what should be a great night!


FACEBOOK

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting

  • Edit with your unique URL from civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives

  • Like and [TAG @] us at @civicdinners

  • Include #LiteracyChangesLives

Post 1: Call for Dinner Guests

I'm hosting a Civic Dinner as part of 100 dinner conversations across Georgia! Join me [insert date and time] for a night of meaningful and important conversations exploring how early language and literacy changes lives and the role communities play in encouraging and developing young readers.

Learn more about this cool collaboration with [TAG @CivicDinners] and the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy and register at [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com]

#LiteracyChangesLives

 

Post 2: Call for Hosts

The Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy is looking for leaders across Georgia to host a Civic Dinner. You'll join a movement of 100 conversations happening around Georgia with a focus on early language and literacy and the role communities play in encouraging and developing young readers.

Getting started is easy. Sign up, select a location (your house or quiet restaurant), invite your network, and download the step-by-step Host Guide that includes everything else you'll need.   

www.civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives #LiteracyChangesLives


TWITTER

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting

  • Use your unique URL from civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives

  • Tag and follow us at @civicdinners

  • Include #LiteracyChangesLives

 

Tweet 1: Join My Civic Dinner

I've joined the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy and @civicdinners to host a Civic Dinner on [insert date]. Grab your seat at the table and let's break bread and focus on early language and literacy. Signup --> [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com] #LiteracyChangesLives

 

Tweet 2: Host a Civic Dinner

Rally your community around the dinner table, host your own Civic Dinner! The Deal Center and @civicdinners makes it easy: https://www.civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities #LiteracyChangesLives


INSTAGRAM

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting

  • If you're using Civic Dinners, put your unique dinner page URL in bio

  • Follow and [TAG @] us at @civicdinners

  • Include #LiteracyChangesLives

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Save and share image

 

Post 1: Join My Dinner

I've joined the Deal Center to host a Civic Dinner on Literacy Changes Lives on [Date]. Grab your seat at the table and let's break bread and explore how early language and literacy changes lives and the role communities play in encouraging and developing young readers. Link to signup in bio or leave a comment for more info! #LiteracyChangesLives


LINKEDIN

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting

  • Use your unique URL from civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives

  • Like and TAG us at @civicdinners

  • Include #LiteracyChangesLives

 

Post 1: Call for Dinner Guests

I'm hosting a Civic Dinner as part of 100 dinner conversations across Georgia! Join me [insert date and time] for a night of meaningful and important conversations around how early language and literacy changes lives and the role communities play in encouraging and developing young readers.

Learn more about this cool collaboration with [TAG @CivicDInners] and sign-up at [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com]

#LiteracyChangesLives


SIGN-UP TO HOST

INTERESTED IN HOSTING A CIVIC DINNER?

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SPREAD THE WORD

HELP RECRUIT HOSTS ALL ACROSS GEORGIA

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EMAIL INVITE

Dear friends of [organization name],

You’re invited to join communities across Georgia in a conversation exploring how early language and literacy changes lives and the role communities play in encouraging and developing young readers. 

Through 2018, over one hundred Civic Dinners will take place across Georgia with the aim to bring people together to share stories and resources that have impacted the early language and literacy of children. By sharing stories and resources we can start the collaboration process for a well-equipped and innovative literacy community that ultimately propels every Georgia child to reading proficiently and beyond. 

Hosting a dinner is fun and easy! Simply follow these steps:
 

1) Plan your dinner

  • Choose a date

  • You can host either in a home or at a local restaurant, as long as it's a quiet space for 6-10 people

  • Decide if you’d like it to be potluck or if you’d like to provide the food and ask people to pitch in

2) Post your dinner

  • Go to civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives and click “Host a Dinner”

  • Follow the simple guide to select the date, time, location, max guests

  • Make your dinner “open” to anyone or “host approval” where you approve each guest

  • You’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to download the host guide

3) Spread the word and manage your guests

  • Invite friends or guests and share via Facebook through your unique URL dinner page

  • Track guests who have registered for your dinner through email or your dinner page

  • Use the marketing guide here for sample posts to recruit guests

  • All communications and reminders are automatically set through CivicDinners.com

4) Enjoy your dinner and tell us about it!

  • Follow the host guide sent via email or follow the host guide card in the host kit

  • Remember to take a photo of the dinner and capture any memorable quotes to share on social media

  • Encourage your guests to fill out the follow-up survey to help inform the statewide campaign

 

We are proud to partner with the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy for this important conversation and see it as a great way to engage our local partners, families and community leaders. 

We hope you join us at the table. 

Learn more and find all the helpful tools and resources here

 

Cheers!


NEWSLETTER

You’re invited to join communities across Georgia in a conversation exploring how early language and literacy changes lives and the role communities play in encouraging and developing young readers.  

Through 2018, over one hundred Civic Dinners will take place across Georgia with the aim to bring people together to share stories and resources that have impacted the early language and literacy of children. By sharing stories and resources we can start the collaboration process for a well-equipped and innovative literacy community that ultimately propels every Georgia child to reading proficiently and beyond. 

Learn more and find all the helpful tools and resources about how to host and spread the word, here

We hope you join us at the table. 

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TWITTER

Important tags and handles:

  • #LiteracyChangesLives

  • @CivicDinners

Tweet 1:  Be Our Guest

BE OUR GUEST! Join us at the table for a @civicdinners conversation around #LiteracyChangesLives https://www.civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives

 

Tweet 2:  Host a Dinner

Want to host a conversation that matters? We’re looking for 100 brave hosts to lead a @civicdinners conversation around #LiteracyChangesLives in 2018. Learn more >> https://www.civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives


FACEBOOK

Important tags and handles:

  • #Nurturing Communities

  • @CivicDinners

 

Post 1: Be Our Guest

BE OUR GUEST! Join us at the table for a @civicdinners conversation around #LiteracyChangesLives https://www.civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives

 

Post 2: Host a Dinner

Want to host a conversation that matters? We’re looking for 100 brave hosts to lead a @civicdinners conversation around #LiteracyChangesLives in 2018. Learn more >> https://www.civicdinners.com/LiteracyChangesLives


 
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