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

Right to Read CT Coalition Hosts Third Virtual Forum National and State Practitioners Discuss Importance of Statewide Approach to Curriculum Development and Program Delivery

What: Thursday, March 11, Education Reform Now CTin partnership with the Right to Read CT coalitionwill participate in a virtual forum called, “Why Are So Many Districts Not Following the Research?” Hosted by our coalition partner, the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity (CWCSEO), the forum is the third in a series about a statewide literacy initiative to improve outcomes and learning for students and teachers. Panelists—including the Director of Mississippi’s statewide literacy initiative, Connecticut’s former Commissioner of Education, an expert in the science of reading from the Florida Center for Reading Research, and a Connecticut public school district leader—will discuss the need for a statewide approach from an academic and practitioner's perspective.

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

  • Kymyona Burk, Policy Director for Early Education at ExcelinEd and Former State Literacy Director (K-12), Mississippi Department of Education

  • Charley Hewes, Director of Teaching and Learning at Colchester Public Schools

  • Nicole Patton-Terry, Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research

  • Dianna Wentzell, Director of Clinical Education at University of Saint Joseph and Former CT Commissioner of Education

When and Where: Thursday, March 11 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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