Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi
Castro Valley Unified School District
4400 Alma Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Castro Valley Unified School District Unveils Citywide
Early Learning and Literacy Initiative
Using Smartphones and Mobile Devices
Castro Valley, California – (July 28, 2016) – Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) Superintendent, Parvin Ahmadi, invites you to an Early Learning Literacy Innovation Showcase on September 7, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Castro Valley Elementary School (20185 San Miguel Ave. Castro Valley, CA 94546). This invitation is open to the entire community and will unveil the CVUSD’s citywide English and Spanish early reading initiative using smartphones, tablets, and computers. Superintendent Ahmadi has challenged the Castro Valley students in preschool to second grade to read 5 million words by the end of the First Trimester, November 18, 2016.
Recognized by The White House, this program provides all Castro Valley early learners - whether they are enrolled in the CVUSD schools or not - free access to the award-winning Footsteps2Brilliance Early Literacy App in English and Spanish.
Footsteps2Brilliance is 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 device. In partnership with Footsteps2Brilliance, CVUSD is giving families, schools, and the community this high-quality educational tool to accelerate early learning and literacy.
“CVUSD is the beneficiary of an incredibly supportive community that takes great pride in our schools,” Superintendent Ahmadi said. “This initiative enables an even deeper partnership between our schools and our community. Together, we can ensure that every early learner in Castro Valley is on the path to college and career success even before they enter kindergarten.” By becoming a Model Innovation City, Castro Valley will lead the way in reducing the vocabulary and oral language gap that usually exists for students who struggle, often due to lack of resources, as well as accelerating literacy skills for more advanced students.
“The Castro Valley Early Literacy Learning Initiative is a transformative model for supporting all children - birth through second grade - toward academic and lifelong success,” said Ilene Rosenthal, CEO of Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc. “We are honored to fully support this strong early literacy plan that Castro Valley Unified Schools is bestowing upon families throughout their community.”