SAReads is a project of Literacy San Antonio, Inc. to successfully teach children to read by training and inspiring teachers to use science-based reading instruction (SBRI).

SBRI is organized around the five components of reading, including phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency, and is aligned with how the brain processes oral and written language.

Literacy is a basic human right.

To successfully teach all children to read, teachers must be extremely knowledgeable about effective strategies as well as diagnostic in their approach to reading instruction. Science-based reading instruction (SBRI) requires specialized disciplinary knowledge that is difficult for most teachers to acquire through typical education channels. Only 39% of undergraduate teacher preparation programs include instruction in all five components of SBRI. SAReads provides SBRI experience to future teachers and SBRI professional development combined with instructional coaching to classroom teachers to ensure they have the knowledge and tools to meet the literacy needs of their students.

This service is critical. Modern brain research proves even the most at-risk children learn to read proficiently with proper instruction.

Investing in teachers and children’s reading achievement promotes success in Bexar County’s labor market. Education is truly one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and it sets the foundation for sustained economic growth in Bexar County.

Children & Teen Books

The SAReads® Book Bank is working to eradicate book deserts in San Antonio and supplement classroom libraries by giving thousands of books to children, teachers, schools and nonprofits. Submit a Book Request to receive free books for your classroom library or host a book drive to help us provide more free books.

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