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ERN CT Advisory: Right to Read CT Coalition Hosts Second Virtual Forum

Right to Read CT Coalition Hosts Second Virtual Forum Educators and Experts Discuss Connecticut’s Homegrown Literacy Solution

What: Thursday, February 25, Education Reform Now CTin partnership with the Right to Read CT coalitionwill participate in a virtual forum called, “CT’s Homegrown Literacy Solution.” Hosted by our coalition partner, the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity (CWCSEO), the forum is the second in a series about a statewide literacy initiative to improve outcomes and learning for students and teachers. Panelists—including district leaders, literacy experts, and the CT State Department of Education—will discuss a literacy intervention that was built and piloted in Connecticut, CK3LI, and how it can be used to build a strong foundation for all future learning.

This series of forums dovetails with a legislative effort to better prepare Connecticut educators and students, based on the science of reading. The proposed legislation before the General Assembly would systematize a statewide response to literacy, building off of the state’s homegrown solution.


  • Moderator: Steven Hernández, Executive Director for the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity

  • Margie Gillis, Ed.D. - Founder, Literacy How, Inc.

  • Darci Burns, Ph.D. - Executive Director, HILL for Literacy, Inc.

  • Michael Coyne, Ph.D. - Professor, UConn Neag School of Education

  • Melissa Hickey - Reading & LIteracy Director, CT State Department of Education

  • Dr. Michael T. Conner - Superintendent, Middletown Public Schools

  • Dr. Tamu Lucero - Superintendent, Stamford Public Schools

  • Amy Beldotti - Associate Superintendent, Stamford Public Schools

When and Where: Thursday, February 25 at 5 pm | This event will be broadcast live via Facebook. Members of the press should register using the Zoom link for questions following the formal agenda at 6:00pm.


Nicki Golos |


About the Right to Read CT Coalition:

Connecticut students are facing unprecedented academic challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, and inequity is on the rise for students most in need. However, all students have a right to read, and there’s a right way to teach them. The Right to Read CT coalition has been established to raise awareness and build support for this critical agenda. To learn more about this work and our partners please visit the website,

About Education Reform Now CT:

The state chapter of a national organization, Education Reform Now CT is a 501(c)(3) that operates as a think tank and policy advocate, promoting great educational opportunities and achievement for all by increasing equity, protecting civil rights, and strengthening the social safety net.


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