New England News
5:11 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

"Born Learning Trail" Opens To Promote Early Literacy In Pittsfield

Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi announces the Born Learning Trail at Springside Park in Pittsfield
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Monday’s ceremony marked the installation of the Born Learning Trail, a series of signs along a pathway through a playground at Springside Park in Pittsfield, aimed young children and their families to encourage outdoor activity and reading.

The Born Learning Trail comes from efforts by Pittsfield Promise, a city-wide coalition that is working through a variety of projects with a goal of boosting  reading proficiency levels among Pittsfield third-graders to 90 percent by 2020.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Holyoke City Hall Hires Literacy Coordinator

Holyoke Early Literacy Coordinator Andrew Melendez

    The latest results of standardized tests taken by Massachusetts students were a mixed bag.  The  2012 MCAS scores were the highest in the 14 year  history of the test.  Education officials say the achievement gap is closing between minorities and whites.  But early childhood education advocates decry the lack of progress in third grade reading, which is a strong predictor of future success in school. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.


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