Fitchburg Flourishes Early Learning Literacy Innovation Summit

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Fitchburg Flourishes Early Learning Literacy Innovation Summit
May 4, 2017 10:00 am
May 4, 2017 12:00 pm
April 4, 2017
Fitchburg HIgh School
140 Arn-How Farm Rd, Fitchburg, MA, 01420, United States

Fitchburg Public School District Superintendent, Andre Ravenelle, is hosting an Early Learning Literacy Innovation Summit on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 10 am to 12 pm at Fitchburg High School. With an invitation open to the entire community, this event will unveil Superintendent Ravenelle’s citywide English and Spanish early reading initiative, Fitchburg Flourishes, which uses smartphones, tablets, and computers. Together with members of the Fitchburg Public Schools School Committee, Superintendent Ravenelle will challenge the Fitchburg community to read 3,000,000 words by September 1, 2017.

“Many preschool students in the city do not have access to a reading and vocabulary program that accelerates their vocabulary development for school readiness,” Superintendent Ravenelle said. “The whole goal of Fitchburg Flourishes is to get all students kindergarten ready and reading proficiently before third grade regardless of their economic background.”

This transformative literacy effort supports the Massachusetts statewide initiative on early grade (preK-2) literacy learning. Through this initiative, all Fitchburg families—whether they are enrolled in the Fitchburg Public Schools or not—will have free access to the award-winning Footsteps2Brilliance Early Literacy App in English and Spanish.

Footsteps2Brilliance provides a comprehensive curriculum of over 1,000 English and Spanish books, songs, and games that are fun for children and easy for parents to access on any smartphone, tablet, or computer with or without an Internet connection.

Research shows that more than 80 percent of parents own smartphones or mobile devices.  In partnership with Footsteps2Brilliance, Fitchburg Public Schools is giving families, schools, and the community the high-quality educational tools they need to accelerate early learning and literacy using the devices they already own.

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