Leyendo Avanzamos (Reading Together We Advance)

This parent-led literacy intervention program teaches parents how to help their K-2nd grade children improve their reading and writing skills.

What does Leyendo Avanzamos do?

  • Provides schools working with significant numbers of Spanish speaking K-2nd grade students a Spanish literacy program that brings parents into the education system.
  • Builds Spanish literacy skills in low-income, Spanish-speaking parents so they can help their children read on grade level and stay on track.
  • Grows the capacity of Spanish speaking parents to be their child’s first teacher and work with the school’s teachers in achieving reading benchmarks.

How does Leyendo Avanzamos work?

  • Parents and children in partner schools attend a weekly class with trained parent facilitators, who were former participants, and bilingual instructional assistants.
  • Parents learn about reading curriculum, common core standards, and language development in children.
  • Parents and children learn together by practicing phonics, reading stories out loud, discussing their comprehension, exploring connections to the text, and writing.
  • Children’s reading growth is tracked each week. Parents log their daily time spent on literacy activities at home.
  • Parents learn how to engage with their children’s teachers and become more involved in school in general.
  • Home visits during the week support parents in continuing to practice the literacy skills they have learned with the materials they have been given.

What are the Leyendo Avanzamos goals?

To have 80% of participating children end the school year on or within one grade level in reading.

To help close the achievement gap between low-income students who are learning English and their native English-speaking peers.

What are the Leyendo Avanzamos results?

Individually, every child improves.  For every grade level, the cohorts shift from “below grade level” to “at” or “above grade level.”  (See example from one school below.)