A public forum held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, September 24, 2013. Sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Children, the Connecticut Achievement Gap Task Force, and the state legislature's Black & Puerto Rican Caucus.
Two national experts on the achievement gap in reading joined state officials, business leaders, educators, and parents for a comprehensive look at where Connecticut stands in its long struggle to ensure all of its students can read. The forum was sponsored by the Commission, the state's Achievement Gap Task Force, and the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus of the state legislature.
I. Welcome/Introductions: State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield
Patrick A. Corvington, Senior Fellow, Campaign for Grade Level Reading:
"The Impact of the Reading Gap on the Family, Ccommunity, and Business"
Dr. Barbara Foorman, Professor of Education and Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University: "What the Research Tells Us, the Possible Public Policy Remedies, and Systems Change in Reading"
Joseph McGee, Vice President, Business Council of Fairfield County: "The Cost of Reading Failure, and Why Business Cares About It"
Dr. James W. Schmotter, President, Western Connecticut State University: "We Both Own This Problem—Letís Work Together"
Dr. Margie Gillis, President, Literacy How, and Dr. Michael D. Coyne, Associate Professor and Research Scientist, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut: "Model Innovations in Reading Excellence: Selected Practices in Connecticut"
Stefan Pryor, Commissioner, State Department of Education: "Reform in Reading Instruction"
School Leaders and Teachers on What Schools Need to Excel in Reading
- Dr. Tally Negroni, Grants Administrator, Norwalk Public Schools
- Monica Brase, Principal, Burns Latino Studies Academy, Hartford
- Ellen Delgado, Reading Coach, Norris School, East Hartford
- Catherine Aillon-Pomo, Teacher, North Windham Elementary School, Wincham
- Sandra Malmquist, Director, Connecticut Childrenís Museum and the Creating Kids program
- Dr. Laura Raynolds, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education and Reading, Southern Connecticut State University
The Family View
- Allison Quirion, Parent
- Nitza Diaz, Parent Educator and Consultant, State Education Resource Center (SERC)
- Other selected parents and students
III. Open Discussion
IV. Closing/Next Steps
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