Our goal has been to continue educating educators on the instruction of reading based on evidence. We aimed to reach the 7 educational regions of the Department of Education in Puerto Rico. The foundations and philanthropy in the island have supported such process. We have done 1 region, presently in 2 and 1 upcoming. In all this regions, teachers have expressed the appreciation, need, usefulness, and interest in this knowledge. We would have 2 more to go and reaching to the DEPR for such support. We are hopeful that all educational regions can get the professional development. Continue to expand the reach, presentations have been given at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Education at the Bayamón Campus and at the Conference for the Private Schools Association. We are focus on changing the landscape of reading in Puerto Rico. Thanks you for your support in making it possible.
Since 2013, Lectores para el Futuro has demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of education on the island. As we strive to meet the diverse learning challenges of all students regardless of their socio-economic status, we have expanded our reach to the public sector. Similarly, to offer teachers on the island cutting edge tools in literacy, we offer a variety of workshops and webinars with leading experts and have begun to offer the first Iberoamerican Symposium. Immersed in the present situation in Puerto Rico, facing numerous challenges that have lasted more than a decade, our belief in education is deeper and our commitment to the students and teachers we serve is stronger than ever.
We have started to do a cicle of 5 workshops to educators of the Department of Education. The 21 hours of workshops are geared towards the sequencial and explicit teaching or reading to all students. The workshops have been given in charter and public schools. Lectores para el futuro also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Education to provide this series as well as 3 workshops based on knowledge about dislexia and learning difficulties.
Continuing in the interest to build capacity on teaching reading in Spanish, we successfully coordinated the first Iberoamerican Symposium on Dislexia and Literacy: LEXIS. The event had speakers from Argentina, Spain and Puerto Rico. The 196 participants gave very positive evaluations of their learning experience. We look forward to Lexis 2023.
After 10 years of teaching and serving the dyslexic community in Puerto Rico, we are excited to share with you that, as of March 2021, Multisensory Reading Centers is now Lectores para el futuro (Readers for the future).
This name change is part of a strategic evolution by our organization to reflect our focus. With our new name and branding come updated mission and vision statements that better reflect who we are and what we do. We aim to align the organization’s image with its pedagogical vision, highlighting the work we do with end goal of improving reading outcomes for all students, especially struggling students.
We are driven, enthusiastic, and re-energized to continue our mission over the course of the next decade. Our efforts are fully committed to creating a new generation in Puerto Rico of Lectores para el futuro.
Also, last May we celebrated our teacher training graduation and our 10th year anniversary! Looking back at our past years we are more than clear on our mission to provide the keys to success through reading.
Multisensory Reading Centers (MRC) has working on its strategic plan and is happy to have concluded the process with initiatives to continue growing the organization.
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