Jul 6, 2020

When there is a will there is a way!

Even when we were unaware of it, we ended the school year with a celebration of books. Right before the world came to a stop, our Readers for the Future had been enthralled by our Reading Olympics. 


During the last week of February they celebrated the grand opening of our month long event by singing their own hymn. Our Readers spent two weeks immersed into books and excited at the possibility of taking their newly met treasures home. Every Friday, students were eager to share the new adventures they had discovered while independently reading books to their family members with high school student volunteers.

In March, quarantine began but our team continued hard at work. At first we planned for the possibility of continuing services for our Readers for the Future, but we soon realized that less than half had internet access. In an effort to ensure that our students had access to books, we organized What’sApp chats and for the duration of the semester posted books in PDF format and designed corresponding activity sheets for them to continue practicing literacy skills in a fun way at home. 17% of parents remained active in the chat and expressed much gratitude towards our endeavour.

To continue fulfilling our mission of fostering effective literacy instruction for all students, especially those with a language based learning disability, our teachers set out to design, create and deliver continued education via webinars. At the core of MRC we believe that growing professionals is the most effective way to guarantee that student’s needs are met. A knowledgeable teacher who continues to learn helps all students flourish and translates into a greater impact. To that end a series of seven webinars on a variety of topics regarding literacy development (ex. dyslexia, phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and writing) will be presented beginning May 22nd through June 26th.  Our first two webinars have impacted a total of 155 educators on the island. We have been able to gather feedback from 60% of the participants of which 98% express that webinars have exceeded their expectations and that they would participate in additional professional development opportunities.
webinars
webinars

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Jun 1, 2020

When there is a will there is a way.

Even when we were unaware of it, we ended the school year with a celebration of books. Right before the world came to a stop, our Readers for the Future had been enthralled by our Reading Olympics. 

During the last week of February they celebrated the grand opening of our month long event by singing their own hymn. Our Readers spent two weeks immersed into books and excited at the possibility of taking their newly met treasures home. Every Friday, students were eager to share the new adventures they had discovered while independently reading books to their family members with high school student volunteers.

In March, quarantine began but our team continued hard at work. At first we planned for the possibility of continuing services for our Readers for the Future, but we soon realized that less than half had internet access. In an effort to ensure that our students had access to books, we organized What’sApp chats and for the duration of the semester posted books in PDF format and designed corresponding activity sheets for them to continue practicing literacy skills in a fun way at home. 17% of parents remained active in the chat and expressed much gratitude towards our endeavour.

To continue fulfilling our mission of fostering effective literacy instruction for all students, especially those with a language based learning disability, our teachers set out to design, create and deliver continued education via webinars. At the core of MRC we believe that growing professionals is the most effective way to guarantee that student’s needs are met. A knowledgeable teacher who continues to learn helps all students flourish and translates into a greater impact. To that end a series of seven webinars on a variety of topics regarding literacy development (ex. dyslexia, phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and writing) will be presented beginning May 22nd through June 26th.  Our first two webinars have impacted a total of 155 educators on the island. We have been able to gather feedback from 60% of the participants of which 98% express that webinars have exceeded their expectations and that they would participate in additional professional development opportunities.

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Mar 4, 2020

Our Results Evidence Continued Progress for MRC's Readers for the Future

MRC is proud to be recognized for our transparency and results!

Guidestar awarded us with the Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered as we are an organization who provides continuous metrics on our progress and results reflecting the changes we make on our island.  

And we received the Top-Ranked Organization designation from GlobalGiving!       

Books, Books, and More Books

Christmas brought books this year along with activities that inspire our students and prove that reading can be fun!

We had the honor of hosting two Puertorrican authors: Sandra Rivera and Armando Valdés. Sandra inspired our student to make an oath to safeguard our oceans while she shared her book Caballitos de mar se mudan de moral. While, Armando delighted our students with his coquí mascot from the story El Coquí de Boriquén con los Reyes a Belén. Students cherished receiving these books.

Our 2018- 2019 results speak for themselves! 

During the 2018-19 school year, the Lectores Para un Futuro (LPF) intervention program generated significant longitudinal changes when comparing the progress of students in the program to those who did not receive intervention services provided by MRC.

Results portray substantial increases in all sub-tests of the Batería Woodcock-Muñoz III (WM) administered to first grade participants of LPF. All students increased their scores in the sub-tests by the end of the school year. However, those who went through the LPF intervention obtained significantly higher results than their peers without intervention (see Figure 1). LPF students either exceeded or neared grade-level expectations in 4 out of 5 subtests, while their peers who were not part of the intervention remained below grade level in all competencies.  If you would like to learn more about our results please find MRC Summary of Findings 2018-19 pdf attached. 

 

 

Figure 1
Figure 1
Kindergartners at Manuel Elzaburu y Vizcarrondo
Kindergartners at Manuel Elzaburu y Vizcarrondo
Author Armando Valdes
Author Armando Valdes
Author Sandra Rivera
Author Sandra Rivera
First graders at Luis Llorens Torres
First graders at Luis Llorens Torres
 
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