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Technology and Curriculum Unite to Improve Young Latino Students’ Reading Skills

Technology and Curriculum Unite to Improve Young Latino Students’ Reading Skills

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LULAC National Education Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) and the Verizon Foundation celebrated the successful launch of an innovative education pilot program called Young Readers & Early Adopters, which aims to improve reading and comprehension for K-2nd grade students in low-income Latino communities.

LNESC redesigned its national Young Readers program to take into account new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as to address the need for technology integration in the classroom. Supported by a $250,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, as well as with supplemental support from Procter & Gamble, LNESC redesigned its national Young Readers program to use technology to help improve the reading skills of children and provide teachers with training on how to leverage technology to drive better educational outcomes. 

This morning marked the students’ graduation from the pilot program during which 15 students dedicated part of their summer vacation to meeting with two certified teachers four days a week. The students displayed quantitatively measured progress in their reading level as well as a better understanding of how to use the latest technology to achieve their educational goals.

During the graduation, students showcased the e-book each created with the help of their families, incorporating pictures, audio clips and text to tell a story about their life outside the classroom. The e-books capture the curriculum’s emphasis on improving writing skills through technology.

The successful pilot program at Beaver Ridge Elementary has served as a launch point for future Young Readers Programs taking place at 15 schools in the fall supported by Procter & Gamble and Target. The Young Readers program will continue at Beaver Ridge for the 2012-2013 school year, and teachers will be provided with additional training on how to integrate technology into their lessons.