SAReads Empowers Teachers
Changing children's reading outcomes requires changing reading instruction. SAReads provides professional development and coaching to teachers and instructional staff campus wide at elementary schools. SAReads also provides clinical experience to preservice teachers who participate in the SAReads Tutor Corps. Preservice teachers apply SBRI methods while tutoring kindergarten through 4th grade students. SAReads empowers preservice teachers and classroom teachers to use reading assessment data to implement data-driven instruction (“DDI”) specific to each student learning to read.
SAReads provides SBRI professional development to K-2 teachers and instructional staff across an elementary school to ensure alignment in instructional strategies while children are learning to read. SAReads offers coaching and support through campus academic coaches and program facilitators. This multi-tiered model focuses on building sustained, embedded literacy instruction across the campus where every teacher is a teacher of reading. We are striving for full literacy so 90-95% of students read on grade level.
Undergraduates from Texas A&M-San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development study research-based literacy instruction theory and techniques and learn to apply those techniques as members of the SAReads Tutor Corps. Kindergarten through 4th grade students identified as needing extra instruction in reading receive weekly tutoring sessions from members of the SAReads Tutor Corps. Tutors use reading assessment data to prepare custom lesson plans based on the five components of reading.
Curriculum & Books: Tutors use research-based curriculum from the Florida Center for Reading Research and Scholastic. SAReads students receive new books for their home libraries before winter, spring, and summer breaks.
The SAReads Book Bank is a clearinghouse for collecting, cleaning, sorting and redistributing books to the community located inside the Gulfdale branch of Firstmark Credit Union. Gently used and new books are provided free of charge to teachers and nonprofits in Bexar County. To request books, please submit an SAReads Book Bank request.