Parents get tips on helping young children learn to read through partnership

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Many HISD parents will soon know how to read more effectively with their young children, thanks to an on-going partnership with the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) that provides training on how to support Guided Reading activities.

HAUL’s Director of Family Support John Robinson led a literacy lesson in Guided Reading at Bastian Elementary School on Jan. 19.

“We provide Guided Reading training to parents in HISD elementary schools, because Guided Reading is the solution teachers are using in their classrooms all across the district,” said Robinson. “We are working to help parents understand how to support their children at home with the same tool being used in HISD classrooms. We started the program last year, and it was a huge success.”

The training takes about an hour and is followed by a book giveaway and a hearty dinner. Attending children take home three or more books of their choosing to add to their home library. Representatives from the Houston Public Library will be there as well, helping students sign up for library cards.

Robinson will be conducting the remaining training sessions at HISD elementary schools from 5:45-7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Guided Reading workshops will be given at the following schools at a later date: Fonwood, Frost, Lewis, Marshall, and Shadydale. Please check with your child’s school for more details and to confirm the trainings.

Established in 1910, the Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. The mission of the Houston Area Urban League, which was organized in 1968, is to enable African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.

Other partners in the program are Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, H-E-B, United Way, and Project Ready.