SAReads addresses the root cause of low literacy through the integration of programs that meet four critical needs: books, tutors, families and teachers. The SAReads journey to becoming a proficient reader is a multiyear process.
In order to learn to read proficiently, children need to develop vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills. Children and teachers need access to books. Sixty percent of children need to be taught how to read. Teachers need to have the knowledge and skills to teach reading proficiency using the five components of reading instruction. Families need training to support their children's learning at home and during the summer. Children need enrichment experiences to advance their vocabulary and comprehension. Through collaboration with schools, universities, businesses and community organizations, SAReads systematically meets the needs of students, teachers and families so children learn to read proficiently.
In order to avoid the use of vanity metrics, Literacy San Antonio, Inc. evaluates reading outcomes using data provided by the school district (Texas Primary Reading Inventory, IStation and STAAR), the same data school administrators and the State of Texas use to evaluate student outcomes.
Literacy San Antonio also evaluates SAReads by the number of books processed by the book bank, number of students tutored, number of future teachers trained, number of families participating in workshops/enrichment activities and feedback.
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"Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery." Horace Mann