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Building on a foundation for success
...As a member of the New Mexico Senate education committee, I've seen a wide range of proposals for improving our schools. Sometimes it feels as if no theory or gimmick goes unfunded.
...At the end of the day, none of these changes have resulted in meaningful improvement in our children's learning performance.
...there are two factors that are consistently proven to more dramatically impact long-term student performance than anything else.
...The first is the home environment. When a child does not have a nurturing parent or guardian with basic parenting skills, their chances of success drop dramatically.
...The second factor is learning adequate reading skills in a timely manner.
...So what does all this mean in terms of education policy? It means shifting our focus from gimmicks and remediation programs to supporting strong education values in our homes.
...The required parenting skills are surprisingly straightforward. It does not take a trained teacher or college graduate.
...A new community organization called the Children's Reading Foundation of Doña Ana County is committed to tackling both of these tasks. Partnering with community health organizations, churches, day care facilities, employers, libraries, NMSU and local school districts, the foundation is dedicated to reaching out to parents from birth through the third grade to provide the information and support they need to help their children read and succeed. The core message is "Read to your child 20 minutes a day".
(we will administer the program, we will be the middlemann between the state and the parents) ARE WE A PPP? http://sites.google.com/site/erikhawkes/Home/ppp
...Children who read succeed in school. Children who succeed in school stay out of trouble and learn skills to succeed in a career. Skilled workers attract well paying businesses. Safe and prosperous, a community that reads succeeds. Whether you donate time or money, please support the Children's Reading Foundation, or any of the 40 literacy initiatives we will coordinate with in Doña Ana County.
(state instruction is not just for children anymore)
Steve Fischmann is a state senator representing District 37 and is a board member of the Children's Reading Foundation.
Children's Reading Foundation
Local Children's Reading Foundations are self-sustaining non-profits (501-c-3), generally operating as a public-private partnership with school district dues, grants and community donations. The Board and/or executive director facilitates local contributions (monetary and in-kind) and partnerships to implement selected programs. Volunteers are invaluable!