Literacy Coalition Welcomes New Board Members; Forum Approaches

Josiah Brown, a volunteer member of the board of the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven, sent in this release.

The Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven recently welcomed two colleagues to its volunteer board of directors.

David Braze is a senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories and a member of the Haskins Imaging Lab.  He is principal investigator for an exploration of “Individual Differences in Learning Potential for Language and Literacy,” funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In addition, he is an adjunct professor of linguistics at the University of Connecticut.

Robert Coro is a senior manager at Marcum LLP, where he is a CPA (among other professional certifications) with particular expertise in information technology.  His responsibilities include development and testing of systems related to data and network security.

In other board news:

Curtis Hill, founding executive director of Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL), has retired from that full-time capacity and has been succeeded as executive director by Karyn Stokes.  He will remain a member of the board of directors at CfAL, as well as at the Coalition, as he moves into a consulting/advising role.

Kyn Tolson (previously director of operations and development) has been named executive director of Read to Grow.

The Literacy Coalition, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with a mission to promote, support, and advance literacy in the region, was established in 2003 by a board led by the late Christine Alexander, who also founded New Haven Reads.

The Coalition sponsors events such as this Literacy Forum and has a LiteracyEveryday website with portals to Get Help, Volunteer, Donate, and Learn More, as well as a listing of News/Events.  The Coalition invites inquiries and announcements at this email address.

November 19: “Early Literacy Experiences, the Brain, and Child Development”

The next Literacy Forum is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU).  This Forum, on “Early Literacy Experiences, the Brain, and Child Development,” will feature:

  *Perri Klass, M.D., National Medical Director of Reach Out and Read; Columnist, New York Times

  *Myra Jones-Taylor, Ph.D., Commissioner of Early Childhood, State of Connecticut (who participated in an earlier Literacy Forum, “It’s about WORDS”)

  *Julia Irwin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, SCSU; Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories

The panel will be hosted by the SCSU Psychology Department and its Journal of Student Psychological Research.  More details on the location/parking are to be announced about this event, which is free and open to the public.  Registration is requested.
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The Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven – sponsor of the Literacy Forum series – is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization with a mission to promote, support, and advance literacy for people of all ages.  Visit LiteracyEveryday to share or obtain information on free events, resources, and ways to get involved in pursuit of a region of readers.

The LiteracyEveryday site has portals to Get Help, Volunteer, Donate, and Learn More, as well as a blog, News/Events calendar, and presence on Facebook and Twitter, @LiteracyGNH.

There is a need for additional volunteer tutors and mentors at such organizations as the Boys and Girls Club, Jewish Coalition for Literacy, Junta for Progressive Action, Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven, New Haven Public School Foundation, and New Haven Reads.

Neighbors are invited to visit the Literacy Resource Center on Winchester Avenue, in space at 4 Science Park donated by Science Park Development Corporation.  The Literacy Resource Center, or LRC, represents a partnership among Concepts for Adaptive Learning, the Coalition, New Haven Reads, Literacy Volunteers, and the Economic Development Corporation.  Upstairs in the same building at 4 Science Park are the offices, classrooms, and art gallery of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT).

You can help by:
• Reading in the home, promoted by libraries such as the New Haven Public Library—and involving grandparents as well as parents, and free books from sources including Read to Grow and New Haven Reads;
• Encouraging friends, family, and others to seek literacy assistance whenever useful;
• Volunteering as a tutor or mentor;
• Bolstering literacy in other ways, such as through donations of money—whether directly, via the Community Foundation or the United Way—or of books and by advocating and voting.

For more information:

Articles on the Coalition and its events:

“Why Is Math Important?”

“Libraries in the 21st Century”

“Literacy Coalition Welcomes New Board Colleagues”

“Why Read?”

“It’s about WORDS”

“Literacy Paths Plotted”

“Literacy, Every Day”

“Learning in the 21st Century, in Ways New and Old”

“Reading, Culture, and ‘Quality Time’ at Home”

“‘Empowering Teachers,’ Reading Research, Instruction, and Supports”

“Margie Gillis Discusses Using the Latest Research on Reading”

“Early Reading, Community Action, and Catalytic Philanthropy”

“Literacy Coalition Forum: State Legislative Update and the Big Read”

“A Day for Literacy”

“Commissioner Ted Sergi: Their ‘Second Chance’ Starts with Reading”

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