Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Literacy Initiative to Promote Daily Reading

NYC Reads 365 is a challenge that encourages New Yorkers to read daily. What a fabulous idea!

On November 2, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and children’s author Jon Scieszka visited P.S. 133 in Brooklyn to announce the kick-off NYC Reads 365, a citywide, multi-year literacy initiative to promote daily reading. 

Via NYC Reads 365, all pre-K-12 schools in the city will receive materials and resources to promote daily reading both in and outside of school that include age-appropriate reading lists, posters, bookmarks, and support and training sessions for school staff and parents. Students and their families can access those materials online as well, at a dedicated NYC Reads 365 website.

“Reading opens doors and expands opportunities for our children, in and out of the classroom,” Fariña said in a statement. “For me, reading Spanish fairy tales with my father as a young girl inspired a love of books and a love of learning, and ultimately inspired me to become a teacher. As we give New York City students and families resources to make daily reading a reality in their lives, I know that we are going to be a better city for it.”

In addition to creating enthusiasm for reading, NYC Reads 365 will help bolster the work of reading coaches that will be assigned to all elementary schools by fall 2018. Coaches will be identified and trained by the NYC Department of Education beginning this spring, and the first coaches will be assigned to high-needs schools starting next fall.

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