CONNECTING the SCIENCE of teaching READING to

Reading

Instruction

SAReads® bridges the gap between science and poor reading in Bexar County by improving reading instruction, increasing access to books, and providing learning enrichment experiences for children.

 
 
 
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Our Mission

SAReads® is a project of Literacy San Antonio, Inc. to increase the number of children reading on grade level by empowering teachers to use the science of teaching reading and increasing access to books.

Literacy San Antonio, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit established in 2010, excels at collaborative implementation of research-based programs.

 
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Implementation

Steps to Improving Third Grade Reading Outcomes

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3k+

CHILDREN IMPACTED

The number of children reading on grade level will rise as teachers implement explicit, systematic reading instruction in their classrooms.

 

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TEACHERS TRAINED

SAReads® trains, coaches and supports teachers to use the science of teaching reading because modern brain research proves virtually all children can learn to read with effective instruction.

 
 

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thousand books distributed

SAReads® began distributing books to children, teachers and nonprofits in 2010, and has distributed more than 345,000 books in Bexar County.

 
 

Supporting Children Through Teachers, Books, Tutors & Enrichment

Teachers

In partnership with Southwest ISD leaders, SAReads® provides professional development to elementary teachers and instructional staff, followed by ongoing coaching and support.

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Books

The SAReads® Book Bank is a clearinghouse for collecting, cleaning, sorting and redistributing books to the community. The SAReads® Book Bank provides free books to Bexar County teachers, nonprofits and children. Teachers and nonprofits can request free books by submitting a book bank request form. Community members can host an SAReads® book drive.

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Tutors

In partnership with Texas A&M University San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development, Kindergarten through 4th grade students receive weekly reading tutoring from pre-service teachers enrolled in reading instruction courses.

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Enrichment

SAReads® partners wit a variety of community organizations to offer literacy enrichment experiences and celebrations for children who do not have access to these opportunities. These experiences support classroom learning and help children develop background knowledge.

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Our Journey

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Co-founder and Executive Director Pamela Toman began Literacy San Antonio as a Signature Project of the Junior League of San Antonio, Inc. in 2006.

The project became a separate nonprofit in January 2010, and then Texas Representative Joaquín Castro partnered with Literacy San Antonio to establish the first SAReads® Children’s Book Drive. A countywide book bank quickly formed to increase access to books in underserved areas of our community. The book bank is located inside Firstmark Credit Union’s Gulfdale branch .

SAReads® launched its tutoring program in partnership with Texas A&M-San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development in 2011.

After analyzing student reading outcomes and extensive reading research, SAReads® partnered with Southwest ISD to train, coach and support teachers to use the science of reading at a pilot campus in fall 2017. The project expanded to eleven campuses in fall 2018, and SAReads® looks forward to serving many more children, teachers and schools in the years to come.

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Major Investors in SAReads®

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join the sareads giving society

Pledge your support for SAReads® with an annual donation.

As little as $25 annually can help grow a child's at-home library by 5 grade-level appropriate books each year.  

volunteer

Volunteers help develop SAReads® reading instruction materials, manage book bank collections, and represent SAReads® in the community.

Individuals and groups welcome!

host a book drive

Stock the SAReads® Book Bank by organizing an independent book drive through your school, workplace or organization.

We’ll provide everything you need!

 

What’s happening at SAReads®


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Board of Directors