The evening of April 14, 2016,  at HISD Pleasantville Elementary School, families and community members had their final Guided Reading Practices of the school year. Principal Hunter told the families in attendance that the practices are making a difference.

HAUL President and CEO Judson Robinson III attended the Family Literacy Event and congratulated the families on their growth and progress, understanding how to use Scholastic Guided Reading strategies at home as Literacy Leaders. Also in attendance was Veronica Chapa, Executive Director of Early Matters and Jasmine Turner from the HAUL Auxiliary-Young Professional.

As we continue working to develop and increasing parent skills to become effective HISD Parent Literacy Leaders in ongoing, high-quality, home-embedded student literacy and learning development, there is still much more to be done. When we talk about the Houston ISD’s Educational Team, parents must be included. They are in fact their child’s first and most important teacher and role model. The Houston ISD team cannot select great plays to run (Guided Reading), and not demand mandatory practices for all its players. “The Parents in HISD are Players in Partnership with our Teachers.” Our children’s success is a Dual Capacity Building Effort (Families and Schools).

Guided Reading Practices provides families opportunities to support their children’s literacy development year-round, with easy-to-use tools that build families’ and school staff’s capabilities and confidence to actively engage in student’s learning, while building trust and respect between educators and families as one team moving ALL HISD Students toward SUCCESS.

Thanks to our community partners from State Farm and the Houston Public Library for providing their services to our families last night. Also, a special thanks to the HAUL Young Professionals, represented by Jasmine Turner for providing Kindles for four families last night. It was another successful Guided Reading Practice, helping parents understand how to help their children to become strategic, independent readers, on an upward path to college and career readiness.

Thanks to our funders, United Way of Greater Houston, HEB and Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation for making Guided Reading Practices happen for families at 30 HISD Elementary Schools in the 2015-2016 school year.

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