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Dr. Manuel Rivera

Superintendent's Message 
 

Improving Literacy, Inside Our Schools and Beyond

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I recently presented to the Board of Education my set of recommendations for a new PreK-5 Literacy Program. I’m pleased to have advanced a number of important recommendations to improve literacy in our schools (and outside of our schools) that extend far beyond just recommending one city-wide reading series.  

Our Context

We have continued to see increases in student achievement, and we have even narrowed the achievement gap between sub-groups of students over the past five years.  However, our overall performance in past years has placed Norwalk in the category of Districts in Need of Improvement, and identified Norwalk as an Alliance School District.  While there is much work ahead, including improvements to curriculum, instruction, assessments and professional development, we are committed to closing the achievement gap by 2020.  Our team is excited to begin implementing the changes that need to occur. 

Going Forward in Norwalk

Going forward in Norwalk requires that we take steps together to change the status quo. Schools, parents and the community must all play an important role if we are going to achieve the kind of results I believe we can see in Norwalk.  We can -- and will -- create the kind of district, school and classroom cultures that reflect excellence and high expectations for all.

To reach our goals, our PreK-5 literacy strategy must be comprehensive and integrated. As a result, I shared a number of recommendations with the Curriculum Committee, including the following:

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