Sunday, March 1, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Reading success worth replicating

bass column sig 2

By
From page A8 | July 05, 2014 |

Education is one of my passions. My vision of having a literate America is very real to me. They call me a “starry-eyed dreamer.” “Impossible,” they tell me. I don’t believe that.

Recent events have reinforced my belief that a literate America is possible.

As regular readers know, I don’t always agree with the powers that be on how education is delivered. That has been true with the Fairfield-Suisun School District. I do a poor job of letting folks know that the local district is not where education policy decisions are made. I have a feeling they may be far more frustrated at the school district than I am. They must do things they may not agree with.Yes, I do understand.

I had a very enjoyable meeting with Superintendent Kris Corey and members of the board of trustees. We talked about something we all agree on and that is helping children acquire the skills that will help them become successful adults; primarily the ability to read proficiently.

I am genuinely excited to tell you that our district is on the way to having every child reading proficiently by the time they reach the fourth grade. It has adopted the Learning Dynamics reading system in its kindergarten and transitional kindergarten classes.

The program really works. I am familiar with it because it is the same program that Tools of Learning for Children has used for 14 years to produce readers. Children who are using this system are reading when they reach kindergarten. To adopt the Learning Dynamics Reading System was a stroke of genius. It has been incredibly successful. What a legacy for Corey and the board of trustees.

Fairfield-Suisun is the first district to achieve third-grade reading proficiency. It certainly doesn’t have to be the only Solano County district to do so. The possibilities are, in my view, staggering. Corey and the board of trustees can take their success to every other district in the county and say, “See what is possible. Won’t you join us?”

Solano County Office of Education Superintendent Jay Speck can facilitate the discussion and become a part of the reading miracle legacy. An added benefit for Speck is that it will, in the long term, keep kids in school and almost eliminate the dropout problem. Kids drop out of school primarily because they cannot complete assignments if they read poorly, and because they are embarrassed by appearing to be “dumber” than their peers.

I have worked with the Learning Dynamics family for many years. They have been of great help to the Tools program. They share my vision of creating a literate America. I am sure they will do whatever is necessary to help Solano County districts be as successful as the Fairfield-Suisun district has become.

I was talking to a friend about the possibilities of the county schools becoming the best in the state (perhaps nation) in equipping children to succeed. “But, it’s not your program,” he said. My response was, “So what?” These folks are dedicated professionals who in all probability will not need my help. But, I will help in any way I can. The results are what count.

I see this as an opportunity to plant the seeds of the creation of the finest education system in the world. The pieces are there; most failures are a result of not trying because someone says, “It isn’t possible.” Most great successes result from trying anyway; learning from our mistakes and trying again. In this case, we are really looking at learning from our success. A success-based adventure, or as the old saying goes, “finding something that works and replicating it.”

Am I an optimist, or what? If this happens, I will be a most happy fellow. It can happen.

Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or [email protected]

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 2 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • mike kirchubelJuly 05, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Thank you for the good news, Murray.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • MikeJuly 05, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    Just like in my day-"Reading is fundamental." Glad to see our District still finds the importance of reading, especially at an early age. I think the County should adopt this successful program. Good article.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Peace and patience: Quilters gear up for show

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1Comments are off for this post

 
School bands compete in Pageantry on Parade

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Calling someone a ‘smoker’ is hilarious

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

Police seek suspect in armed robbery

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3

 
4-H Presentation Day brings fun, education to Fairfield

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Conservancy plans next Quail Ridge Reserve walk

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
What you eat can affect your medications

By Marilyn Ranson | From Page: C4

 
Tri-City NAACP honors community members at gala event

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
CAASC 18th Annual Chinese New Year and Scholarship Celebration

By Steve Reczkowski | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Rollover in Suisun City

By Aaron Rosenblatt | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
State schedules ramp closure at freeway project site

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

Vigil doesn’t pan out amid concerns

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A5

 
Appointments on tap for Board of Supervisors meet

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

Parker Road restaurant does brisk business

By Susan Hiland | From Page: B7

 
NY, SF town house prices through the roof

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: B7

 
Fairfield police log: Feb. 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: Feb. 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Airmen with local ties finish basic training

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B10

Force draws many from South, middle class

By Tom Philpott | From Page: B10

 
.

US / World

Christie to Calif. Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
US missionary abducted in Nigeria is courageous, friends say

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

Dress that ‘greatly resembles’ stolen Nyong’o gown found

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Weekend storm drops snow, rain, hail in California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Churches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Mother charged in death of infant found in California swamp

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Blind dog rescued after being lost for 2 weeks in the cold

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Details about proposed national monuments in California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

National monument supporters in California get antsy

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Hyundai recalls 263,000 cars due to power-steering problem

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Attacks kill 37 people in and north of Iraq’s capital

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Nemtsov a possible ‘sacrificial victim,’ investigators say

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Opinion

Even Gruber deserves a break sometimes

By Megan Mcardle | From Page: A8

 
I might just vote for a Democrat next time around

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

Aging Fairfield housing agency faltering

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Editorial Cartoon: March 1, 2015

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Sound off for March 1, 2015

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
New school funding plan remains on bumpy path

By Dan Walters | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Today in History: March 1, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: March 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

With numbers falling, Houston-area nuns’ future uncertain

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

 
Horoscopes: March 1, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: C4

Kidney Walk participation helped give me a positive outlook on life

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: C4

 
.

Entertainment

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’ has realistic plot

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2Comments are off for this post

Take a look – Dr. Seuss has a new book

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
Publisher launches line of Warhol e-books

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Q&A: Opera star Deborah Voigt writes of turbulent life

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2Comments are off for this post

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

.

Sports

Vikings girls looking for first section title

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Local Report: Vaca’s Aquino wins Masters wrestling title

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

Phegley hopes his style will catch on in Oakland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
A year after meeting Tiger, Indian golfer on the rise

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Jeff Gordon takes a final spin at track that meant so much

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Anthony Mason, rugged forward of 1990s Knicks, dies at 48

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Warriors center Festus Ezeli suspended for a game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Reichelt leads Austrian World Cup downhill sweep

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Players’ union head: future spring games in Cuba possible

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Harrington takes 36-hole lead, then more rain in Florida

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Defending champ Federer beats Djokovic to retain Dubai title

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Safarova beats Azarenka to win the Qatar Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Environmental activists disrupt meeting by Olympic officials

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Hamilton hones Mercedes with fastest time at F1 testing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Thunder’s Russell Westbrook has surgery on cheekbone

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Harvick wins Xfinity race at Atlanta for 3rd year in a row

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Stolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Business

Fruits and vegetables get a star-studded marketing push

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
For many in US, cash saved at gas pump is staying in pockets

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Historic snows causing headaches for real estate industry

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Nevada casinos keep $953.7 million in winnings in January

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9Comments are off for this post

 
Recalls this week: hand trucks, ceiling fans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Review: Freedom! These smartwatches leave the phone behind

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Greek prime minister rules out third bailout

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

Leah E. Hoffman

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Thomas Browning

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

Jacqueline Mendes

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
John W. Van Wart

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Lester Singer

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Virgil Albert Hanson

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

.

Comics