OVER THE COURSE OF FOUR YEARS STUDENTS RECEIVE 72 TUTORING SESSIONS, OVER 40 BOOKS FOR THEIR HOME LIBRARIES, 4 TRIPS TO THE SAN ANTONIO BOOK FESTIVAL AND NUMEROUS CELEBRATIONS.

OVER THE COURSE OF FOUR YEARS STUDENTS RECEIVE 72 TUTORING SESSIONS, OVER 40 BOOKS FOR THEIR HOME LIBRARIES, 4 TRIPS TO THE SAN ANTONIO BOOK FESTIVAL AND NUMEROUS CELEBRATIONS.

How It Works

  1. Teachers nominate Kindergarteners and 1st Graders who are at risk of not achieving their reading benchmarks. 
  2. Children work with a trained tutor once each week for 30 minutes using a customized lesson plan and research-based curriculum.
  3. Children may participate in SAReads until they leave 3rd grade. (SAReads plans to extend tutoring to the end of 5th grade.)

 

Curriculum

SAReads provides professional teaching materials and books for tutors to use during reading instruction sessions. Each tutoring session is divided between developing literacy skills using the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) curriculum and reading aloud using the Scholastic Guided Reading Program. Tutors instruct the children to read based on the five components of reading instruction or the “scientific method of teaching reading.”

SAReads Tutor Corps

Undergraduates from Texas A&M University –San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development learn evidence-based literacy instruction techniques and apply those techniques in a tutoring session with SAReads students. Tutors participate in SAReads as part of their college course, and 15% of their grade comes from participation in SAReads. Tutors are trained and monitored to ensure that each young learner receives the benefit of science-based instruction. 

Since 2012, more than 1000 future teachers have gained reading instruction experience through SAReads.

  • 82% of tutors feel they gained experience with reading instruction after participating in SAReads.
  • 93.5% of tutors would recommend other aspiring teachers participate in SAReads as a tutor.
  • 95% of tutors believe they will make a positive impact on their students’ lives.

A Book for Every Child

Children enrolled in SAReads Reading Instruction receive new books for their home library at the beginning of the year, before winter break, and again before summer break. SAReads also provides books to younger siblings so they can begin their reading journey prior to before they entering kindergarten.

Student Success

Download SAReads Impact Reports to view student reading progress for each academic year.