Yspaniola Incorporated

Yspaniola empowers marginalized batey communities of Dominicans and Haitians in the Dominican Republic. Through university scholarships, a literacy center, and community development, we provide resources for individuals and bateys to access local networks and rise out of poverty.
Apr 28, 2015

Spring Reading Assessments

This February, Yspaniola staff administered Reading A-Z evaluations for all students in the Learning Center.  Reading A-Z assessments are an internationally-recognized, research-based system that provides our students and families with measurable results of the Center’s impact in literacy skills. These assessments measure the students' ability to interpret a text, critically analyze, and make inferences, while also measuring their vocabulary skills. Of a total of 47 students whom were tested in June 2014 and then again in February 2015, 72% showed improvement. Of those students, 41% progressed 2 or more reading levels with 24% progressing 3 or more levels. These assessments help Yspaniola educators develop curricula and programming informed by students' weaknesses and strengths. 

Jan 28, 2015

Student Spotlight

Martin
Martin

When Martín, 12, first came to the Learning Center in the fall of 2013, he was reading at a pre-kindergarten level, even though he was in the fifth grade. Once Martín entered the Learning Center, he became a dedicated and enthusiastic learner: he has regularly attended class and he has had two years of reading growth since September 2013. In other words, Martín spent four years in public school and did not learn how to read, but after spending seven months in our Center, with one hour a day, three days a week, he became literate. This might sound surprising, but it isn’t: Martín is a smart and clever child who, with proper support and good teaching, has exceeded and will continue to exceed expectations. 

Jan 27, 2015

New Year, New Teacher!

Willy
Willy

In 2015, Yspaniola welcomes a new teacher, Willy José Estache. Willy is in his second year studying Education with a focus on the natural sciences at Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago (UTESA) in Mao. After graduation, he plans to work as a high school science teacher. Willy has always loved science, but it was his experience with Deportes para la Vida, where he has volunteered for the last seven years teaching youth about HIV/AIDS prevention through sports, that inspired him to become a teacher. Willy brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and respect to the Learning Center and we are excited for him to begin teaching classes.

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