If you haven't already read what The New York Times praised as one if the top books of 2018, then it's time to get educated.
Tara Westover's memoir about overcoming her survivalist Mormon family to go to college has appeared on both Barack Obama's list of his favorite books of the year and Bill Gate's book blog, and now Westover is coming to Texas for the first time to help a Dallas-based nonprofit raise funds for early childhood education.
Educational First Steps is hosting One Childhood One Chance: An Evening with Tara Westover on January 28 at Temple Emanu-El, where the acclaimed author will discuss Educated: A Memoir. Her heartbreaking and heartwarming story examines what education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
The special event will be moderated by Krys Boyd, radio host of the award-winning show Think on KERA.
Sponsorships come with priority seating, signed books, and a VIP reception with Westover, but general admission tickets are also available.
The evening celebrates Educational First Steps' 30 years of transforming daycare centers in impoverished communities into high-quality early childhood education learning centers. Founded by Dave Munson, Sr., Joyce Wright, and former Dallas ISD superintendent Linus Wright, the organization began addressing this mission in South Dallas and expanded its resources into Fort Worth and the greater north Texas community in 2010.
Educational First Steps partners with centers at no cost to directors, teachers, or families, and provides qualified, experienced mentors who coach and train childcare center staff to achieve the goal of national accreditation. The group also helps these businesses become economically viable, with the primary focus on sustaining and increasing enrollment.
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