CT K-3 Reading Model Forum

March 13, 2017

It is an honor to once again participate with my colleagues and several other key players at the CT K-3 Reading Model Forum at the Legislative Office Building. All the partners involved, including the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors (CWCS) and the Commission on Equity and Opportunity (CEO) have worked together to support and ensure the success of this program. Special thanks to the State Department of Education, the Neag School of Education at UCONN, Hill for Literacy, and Literacy How for their valuable participation.

I'm elated over the success of the children who have participated in the CT K-3 Literacy Initiative. This CT K-3 Reading Model has given students reading skills important to their academic success. It is my desire to see this model expanded in all Connecticut schools where students are reading less than proficient. As Sherman Alexie said, ‘If one reads enough books, one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads;’ and that's what I want, to give every child the opportunity to be successful which I believe starts with knowing how to read.