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MEDIA ADVISORY: TOMORROW - RIGHT TO READ SERIES HIGHLIGHTS DISTRICT IMPLEMENTATION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2023

CONTACT: Amy Dowell | Amy@edreformnow.org

MEDIA ADVISORY: TOMORROW - RIGHT TO READ SERIES HIGHLIGHTS DISTRICT IMPLEMENTATION


WHAT: Hosted by the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity, the Right to Read CT Coalition, and the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus—this event at the legislative office building will provide an update on the implementation of Right to Read. It will feature elected officials, members of the State Department of Education, and representatives of public school districts that are adopting practices aligned to the Science of Reading.


WHEN: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 11AM


WHO: Speakers will include:

  • Senator Pat Billie Miller - Chair, Black and Puerto Rican Caucus

  • Dr. Charlene Russell-Tucker - Commissioner, Connecticut State Department of Education

  • Mayor Justin Elicker - New Haven

  • Dr. Melissa Hickey - Director of Reading and Literacy, Connecticut State Department of Education

  • Dr. Melissa Jenkins - Chief Academic Officer, Bridgeport Public Schools

  • Dr. Charles Hewes - Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Colchester Public Schools

  • Principal Shandra Brown - CREC Museum Academy in Bloomfield

  • Dena Mortensen - Supervisor of Elementary Reading and Language Arts, Waterbury Public Schools


WHERE: Room 1C of the Legislative Office Building (300 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT), or virtually at this link.

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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, https://www.righttoreadct.org.

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