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Empowered teaching & strategic partnerships help narrow opportunity gap.
Empowered teaching & strategic partnerships help narrow opportunity gap.
Vol. 5, No. 5
March 2017
Literacy How-To: Closing the Opportunity Gap through Empowered Teaching and Strategic Partnerships
The Connecticut K-3 Literacy Initiative (CK3LI) is Raising Literacy Achievement and Changing Lives
Launched in 2012, CK3LI—the Connecticut K-3 Literacy Initiative—is an initiative to support schools in implementing research-grounded practices to improve the reading abilities of children in Connecticut in kindergarten through third grade and to narrow the achievement (or opportunity) gap. 
Results have shown that schools adopting the CK3LI model for three years or more have more than doubled the number of students meeting grade-level literacy goals, while also reducing the number of students at significant risk for reading by more than half. 
CK3LI represents a unique partnership between the Connecticut State Department of Education; the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus of the Connecticut General Assembly; the Neag School of Education; the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors; HILL for Literacy; and Literacy How.
Key aspects of the CL3LI model include:  leadership training and systems change, embedded evidence-based professional development, family literacy events, and data-driven, tier 2 literacy support. 
See the presentations here.
Fairfield University Announces New Masters and Sixth Year Certificate Programs in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts!
Fairfield University will be launching new M.A. and S.Y.C. programs in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts in the Summer of 2017. Programs have been designed with a unique focus on preparing candidates to meet the diverse literacy needs of students in Tier 1, Tier II, and Tier III instructional contexts, while also providing dedicated training and supervision in assessment and intervention practices designed to serve the needs of students with Dyslexia.
Literacy Mentors are provided by Literacy How, a Fellowship partner specializing in providing educators with comprehensive, research-based professional development, with a focus on PreK through grade 3. Literacy How’s Mentors are available to answer questions, give feedback, and problem solve. They model lessons, co-teach, coach, and reflect. 
Scholarships are available in the form of Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships.
To learn more about these exciting programs, join us for an information session on Tuesday, March 28.  Register here: or email Dr. Jule McCombes-Tolis @  (102 Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts Endorsement Pending.)
What is Dyslexia?
In this video by Understood, watch as reading expert Margie Gillis explains what dyslexia is, including signs and symptoms of dyslexia. Hear her talk about why reading is difficult for dyslexic children, and how to help.
Our Mission is to EMPOWER TEACHERS to ensure that every child learns to read by third grade.
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