Early Literacy Demonstration Site Launch

Early Literacy Demonstration Site Launches
Posted on 03/18/2014
Left to right, Principal Jim Martinez, Dr. Manuel Rivera, Mayor Harry Rilling and Common Council members David McCarthy and John Igneri.

Norwalk Public Schools, in collaboration with the City of Norwalk’s Early Childhood Council, has launched a new district-wide resource dedicated to early childhood literacy. 

Housed at Fox Run Elementary School, the new Early Literacy Training and Assessment Demonstration Site officially opened on March 12.

Norwalk Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Manuel Rivera, Mayor Harry Rilling, Fox Run Principal Jim Martinez, and Common Council members John Igneri and David McCarthy joined in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening.  Educators, community leaders and non-profit partners also attended. Early Literacy Demo

The site will be an important resource for research-based early childhood learning, and will provide training and support for Norwalk Public School teachers and staff.  The Early Literacy Demonstration Site will serve as a hub for professional development, a key element of the district’s PreK-Grade 5 literacy recommendations.  Programs that were previously delivered off-site or out-of-district can now be held in Norwalk, in a location where a wealth of early literacy resources and materials will be available.  Sessions planned for the site will include:

  • Training for new teachers in Reading 3D, an early literacy system that was piloted at Fox Run.
  • Tips and tools for administering reading assessments to Grades K-3.
  • Literacy focused workshops for PreK – Grade 3, using research-based models created by Literacy How.
  • Demonstration lessons for teachers.

The Early Literacy Demonstration Site will also house professional resource materials and instruction materials, and can serve as a meeting place for professional learning communities and guest speakers. 

The site was developed in collaboration with several of the city’s early childhood education partners and programs, including Literacy HOW, a leader in translating “gold standard” literacy research into practice, particularly for pre-K to grade three, and home visitation programs Child FIRST and Parents as Teachers, which supports families to make sure children are ready to enter school.  The site was funded under a grant from the Grossman Family Foundation. Ribbon cuttingEarly Literacy Demonstration