Newsletter, News & Media
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- LETRS Survey: Feedback From WNY Administrators
- What You Need to Know About Reading Proficiency Data
- The WNY Reading Report Card: 2021-22
- What Drives ELA Proficiency Scores in School Districts?
- Addressing the Achievement Gap: Reframing the Literacy Discussion
- The Reading Crisis in WNY: The Role of NYSED and Higher Education
- Announcing the Launch of the 2nd Buffalo Sabres Literacy Hub
- Announcing 'The School Board Early Literacy Campaign'
- The School Board Early Literacy Campaign Press Conference
- Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Joins the WNY Literacy Initiative
- The WNY Education Alliance Publishes the WNY Reading Report Card
- National Literacy Expert Kareem Weaver to Speak in WNY
- Buffalo Sabres Foundation Joins the WNY Literacy Initiative
- Open Letter to WNY Superintendents
- WNY Literacy Initiative Adds New Partners & Provides Update
- Mayor Byron W. Brown & the City of Buffalo Join the WNY Literacy Initiative
- The WNY Literacy Initiative
- Legislative Action to Protect Children’s Educational Rights
- Return to Normalcy for Schools and Children
- Call for Schools to Remain Open (Test-To-Stay #3)
- Call for the Elimination of Quarantines for Healthy Students (Test-To-Stay #2)
- Announcing The 180 Day Project to Keep Students in School (Test-To-Stay #1)
Media & Resources
The WNY Literacy Initiative
- Curriculum Resources: The Knowledge Matters Campaign, The Reading League Curriculum Evaluation Guidelines, Student Achievement Partners Recommended Materials
- The New York Times: As States Confront a Reading Crisis in Schools, NY Lags Behind
- Spectrum News 1: Legislative Priorities to Take Shape to Better NY Literacy Rates
- The Shanker Institute Report: Reading Reform Across America
- Report from the National Council on Teacher Quality
- Sold A Story podcast: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong
- WBFO "Buffalo, What's Next?": Interview with Kareem Weaver, Full & Complete Reading as a Universal Mandate
- WGRZ: Interview with Emily Hanford on WNY Literacy Rates
- The Investigative Post Two-Part Series: First on Buffalo; Second on Suburbs
- WGRZ: Buffalo Sabres Foundation Opens Literacy Hub
- WKBW: Buffalo Sabres Literacy Hubs Improving Early Childhood Literacy
- The Buffalo News: "With an Assist From the Sabres, Buffalo Literacy Hub Closes in on Goal of Reading Mastery for Students"
- The Buffalo News: The Editorial Board: Buffalo Superintendent Aims to Ensure Third Graders Read at Level
- The Buffalo News: "Pandemic Exacerbated Problem with Teaching Reading. An Event Saturday Aims to Help Solve It"
- Spectrum News 1: "Educators Sound the Alarm on Declining Literacy Rates in Buffalo"
- Eduvaites.com: "Meet the Mom Who Organized the Premier New York State Literacy Conference"
- Top 10 Takeaways from the WNY Science of Reading Conference
- The WNY Literacy Initiative Sponsors Flyer
- The WNY Literacy Initiative Partners Flyer
- In The Buffalo News "With the Literacy Gap Widening, Educators Turn to the Science of Reading"
- On WBFO/NPR: "Buffalo, What's Next?"
- The WNY Literacy Initiative Toolkit
- Dr, Tracy Weeden on We the Parents of WNY Podcast: The Science of Reading Will Save Our Students
- What Is the Science of Reading?
- Science of Reading: The Defining Guide
- Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters by the Annie E. Casey Foundation
The LET’S GO Buffalo Project
The Healthy Technology Initiative
Return to Normalcy
- Thoughts on Mask Mandate; Confusion
- Hochul Signals Change is Coming to NY as Other States Start to Drop Mask Mandates
- Urgency of Normalcy Toolkit
The 180 Day Project / Test-To-Stay Program
- Parents Urge Department of Health to Change Quarantine Guidance for Students
- Advocacy Group Calls for ‘Test To Stay’ Instead of Student Quarantine
- Bothered by Quarantine Rules
- With Few Positive Tests For Quarantined Students, Calls Grow For ‘Test To Stay’ Option
- How Vaccine Availability for Kids 5-11 Might Impact ‘Test To Stay’
- In-Depth: Will Test To Stay Expand in Erie County Following CDC Endorsement?
- Test To Stay: What Happened When Grand Island Offered Rapid Tests in School