Forum: “Language, Bilingualism, and Literacy–in School and Beyond,” Thursday, September 29

August 30th, 2016

As part of a Literacy Forum series, the discussion at Wilbur Cross H.S. (181 Mitchell Drive in New Haven) will feature:

   *Ofelia García, Ph.D., Professor, Urban Education and Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Graduate Center, City University of New York

   *Abie Benítez, Ph.D., Director of Instruction, New Haven Public Schools (moderator);

   *Miguel Cardona, Ed. D., Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Meriden Public Schools

   *Norine Polio, Teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages, New Haven Public Schools

Admission is free, with light refreshments provided, but seating is limited.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; the program begins at 5 p.m.

Please register:

Sponsored by: The NHPS, Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (CALAS), and Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven.

September 29 Literacy Forum listing on events calendar

Welcoming Genevive Walker of ConnCAT

July 25th, 2016

The Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven is pleased to announce an addition to its volunteer board of directors: Genevive Walker, director of programs for the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT).

Previously, she served as executive director for the Greater New Haven Help Alliance and co-developed and facilitated the Youth Initiative Summer Leadership Program of New Haven.  A longtime resident of Connecticut originally from New Haven, she is a former teacher in both the New Haven and Hamden Public School systems.

Welcome, Genevive!

Summer Learning, Reading, Math

June 30th, 2016
Over the years — for example, in July 2015 – this blog has noted the problem of “summer learning loss” and how it contributes to achievement gaps.  For some students, summer is a period for learning gains, while other students may stagnate academically, or worse.
To call attention to this problem, and to the potential for summer as a time to advance students’ academic opportunities, “Summer Learning Day” this year is July 14.
In the New York Times, KJ Dell’Antonia, of the “Motherlode” parenting blog, this month wrote:
“In summer, the lack of affordable child care and the achievement gap collide for lower income families. Most kids lose math skills over the summer, but low income children also lose, on average, more than two months of reading skills — and they don’t gain them back. That puts them nearly three years behind higher income peers by the end of fifth grade, and the gap just keeps getting wider. Researchers credit the summer slide for about half of the overall difference in academic achievement between lower and higher income students.
Much of that can be prevented by a summer learning program. In 2013, about a third of parents surveyed said one of their children participated in such a program; just over half said they would want their children to participate if they could find an affordable program.”

Save the Date: September 29 Forum on “Language, Bilingualism, and Literacy — in School and Beyond”

May 30th, 2016

On Thursday, September 29 a Forum on “Language, Bilingualism, and Literacy — in School and Beyond” will feature Professor Ofelia Garcia (of the CUNY Graduate Center) as keynote presenter.  This is part of a Literacy Forum series in New Haven.

The event’s co-sponsors are expected to be the New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) and the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (CALAS), as well as the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven.  Abie Benitez, Ph.D. of the NHPS will moderate the panel.  Besides her as moderator and Professor García as keynote presenter, there will be two panelists:

   Miguel Cardona, Ed.D., assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in the Meriden Public Schools;

   Norine Polio, a longtime teacher of ESL/ESOL in the NHPS.

This event will be free of charge, with refreshments served.  It will be held after school, with timing and location details to be announced.

To register or for more information:


Recognizing Poetry, Volunteers, Libraries, and the Needs of Young Children

April 11th, 2016

Springtime is literacy time — which is all the time.

April is both National Poetry Month and National Volunteer Month — occasions for literary inspiration and for taking action as a volunteer tutor or mentor, or thanking one.

April 10-16 is also National Volunteer Week, National Library Week, and the Week of the Young Child.


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