Read to Succeed Buffalo Unveils New Strategic Plan

In November 2011, Read to Succeed Buffalo unveiled a new strategic plan focusing on its mission of improving student achievement through improved early childhood literacy through third grade, when students are expected to make the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn."

The plan was built on the original strategic planning process that took place in 2006 with over 250 community members and led to the creation of RTSB. While the original plan sought to improve literacy levels across all ages, RTSB has now sharpened its focus on early childhood literacy in order to make the greatest impact.

Key Priorities of the Plan are:

1.    Improve literacy outcomes for children birth through age eight (Kindergarten ready and reading proficiently by 3rd grade)

2.    Increase the number of high-quality early learning environments.

3.    Promote a unified continuum of developmentally appropriate literacy practices connecting and aligning early child care and schools through grade 3.

4.    Equip community members with ways to support literacy in day-to-day actions.

5.    Be a good steward of resources entrusted to Read to Succeed Buffalo.

To view a complete version of the strategic plan, please click here


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