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Parent reading workshops underway

Mary Thweatt, the librarian at John H. Reagan Elementary, leads a workshop. Parents at 25 Dallas ISD elementary schools have the opportunity to participate in workshops to help their children become better readers.

Through the district’s Partners in Reading program, coordinated by the Library and Media Services Department, parents of early childhood-aged children are receiving support through workshops designed to help them effectively engage their children in reading activities.

In addition to providing educational sessions and materials for parents, the Partners in Reading program provides books for students to take home as well as books to help build school libraries.

The program is funded by a $150,000 donation from Target.

“To ensure more students are reading proficiently by the end of the third grade, and in turn, graduating from high school on time, Target is dedicated to providing resources to help bring learning to life,” said Laysha Ward, president, Target Community Relations. “We’re proud to partner with Dallas ISD as part of our ongoing commitment to invest in innovative education programs that help keep children on the path to graduation.”

Topics addressed during the workshops, held in both Spanish and English, include: how to help your child read, setting up a reading corner for your child, developmental assets (a set of common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make that help them become caring, responsible, successful adults), and bullying. Parents are provided with information that parallels classroom focus with the Daily 5 elements for reading improvement:

(1) Learning to pick a “good-fit” book
(2) Read to self
(3) Read to someone
(4) Listen to reading
(5) Word work or vocabulary

The 25 participating schools for this inaugural year are:

William Anderson Elementary
Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary
W.A. Blair Elementary
Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary
William Cabell Elementary
Casa View Elementary
Cesar Chavez Learning Center
Everette Lee DeGolyer Elementary
L.O. Donald Elementary
Amelia Earhart Learning Center
Stephen F. Foster Elementary
Victor Hexter Elementary
John Ireland Elementary
Anson Jones Elementary
Edwin J. Kiest Elementary
Arthur Kramer Elementary
Sidney Lanier Vanguard
B.H. Macon Elementary
William Brown Miller Elementary
Maria Moreno Elementary
John Reagan Elementary
Seagoville Elementary
Leslie A. Stemmons Elementary
R.L.Thornton Elementary
Daniel Webster Elementary