Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021

by Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico, Inc.
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Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021
Improving Literacy in Puerto Rico 2020- 2021

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.

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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.

After having full day retreats with the Board of Director and another with the staff, a new mission, vision and values were generated to continue moving the organization forward with its plan for the next 5 years. In that process, not only new projects have emerged but also very exited with the soon to be release new branding and logo for the organization identity. Most important, plans for new projects on building capacity for educators developing workshops on the science of reading as well as teacher training in Spanish. 

Looking forward to all that is coming ahead. Your support is much appreciated for all these plan to come to fruition. 
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Orton-Gillingham teacher training
Orton-Gillingham teacher training

Multisensory Reading Centers in the last trimester has been focusing on increasing awareness and knowledge especially in professional development for educators. Disseminating research base knowledge is what will help in continuing increasing capacity in the educators in Puerto Rico and for them to better identify and address the needs of struggling readers and students with dyslexia.

 

Orton-Gillingham Teacher Training: It has been joyful to see a new group of teachers embark on getting certified as OG Specialist Interventionists. The last year was intense and even so, these teachers took the challenge to engage in a full year of learning. They will certainly make an impact on the students they engage with. We have a combination of teachers from the public and private sectors which is very exciting. We also have a group getting certified as Instructor of Teachers. It is great to see the OG Specialist community broadening. We look forward to seeing them all graduate in May 2022.

 

Professional Development at Vimenti Bilingual Charter School: During the summer MRC started at Vimenti a series of professional development. In the month of June 3 intensive ones were provided on the science of reading, structured literacy, and how to teach reading for all students. During this semester, as follow up one workshop a month has been given on one topic to go more in-depth on vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and writing. It has been a great experience seeing the interest of the teachers in gaining knowledge to bring to their classrooms.

 

Dyslexia Awareness Week: The first week of October is Dyslexia Awareness Week. It was an exciting week packed with several events to bring information to a variety of groups; teachers, parents, psychologists, and the general public. Some of these were an interview at local news, a podcast dedicated to non-for-profit organizations, and several public service videos on the importance of reading and how the brain learns to read.

 

Webinar: As a closing to Dyslexia Awareness Week a webinar was given on Knowing and Comprehending Dyslexia. The webinar focused on not only the importance of knowing what is dyslexia and the biological factors but also on the need to understand and have empathy in the process of educating and engaging with the students. The seminar was provided by Gabriel Azcurra a pediatrician from Argentina that has a specialist in the dyslexic population.

 

Our goal is to continue providing more knowledge with the aim that this transforms into awareness and service to students.

Vimenti workshops
Vimenti workshops
WAPA
WAPA
Dyslexia webinar
Dyslexia webinar
BeHealth collaboration on dyslexia week
BeHealth collaboration on dyslexia week
OG teacher training
OG teacher training
Dyslexia Awareness Week
Dyslexia Awareness Week
Podcast interview with Para Servirle
Podcast interview with Para Servirle
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OG workshops offered at public school
OG workshops offered at public school

 As we all have faced difficultites during the pandemic, we look into ways to create collaborations and relationships with organizations and schools that have the same passion for the education in Puerto Rico. For such, we bridged out to create alliances with the vision that this could serve and impact students in the island. 

With such in mind we started a series of 6 workshops on literacy, how the brain reads, phonological awareness, and structured approach to reading, among other topics. The teachers received knowledge, practice, and materials for them  to put the learning into practice when the students come back to their classrooms in August, 2021. 

To continue building those bridges, teachers from other communities with educational disadvantages were also invited and donation of materials and books was made for their tutoring centers. 

We also continue to provide services throught our reading clinic, at this time still virtual throughout the intensive summer camp and very hopeful that we could start face to face starting August. 

As we embark into new initiatives, we've set the goal of serving and providing more professionals the much needed awareness of structured literacy in Spanish. Our fundraising goal for the next academic year will be with such aim. We know that this will be the way to create a further impact in Puerto Rico. 

School materiales donation at tutoring center
School materiales donation at tutoring center
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#WorldReadAloudDay
#WorldReadAloudDay

Dear MRC Friends, 

During February, we celebrated the national Read Aloud Day on February 3rd. 

It has been proven that reading aloud to children helps them create interests in books and reading themselves. Adults can serve as models for this activity. The educational campaign done during the week of February 3rd consisted of 6 educational videos for teachers and parents as well as a live read aloud. The feedback from those who connected was very positive. 

MRC wants to share some of the experiences from the last few months and plans ahead:

  • As part of read aloud we want parents and/or caregivers- We intend to foster parents and caregivers to take time to read to their children. Reading 15 minutes a day with your child can expose them to 83 thousand words in a month. Our brains are not born ready to learn to read. Just as you supported your child by lending a hand so they could walk. The reading brain needs you. READ to your child. TALK to your child about BOOKS. It will result in increased language skills; it will make a difference. 
  • Coordinating new Teacher Training for Fall 2021- Due to the hurricanes, earthquakes and the pandemic, MRC has not dobe a Teacher Training in the last 2 years. We are excited to start planning the next one for the fall of 2021. We are searching for teachers interested in the program as well as scholarships for them.  

Teachers cannot give to their students what they do not possess (known as the “Peter Effect”). Every teacher, no matter the subject area, teaches reading. Therefore, teachers deserve to be well versed in the Science of Reading and its implications for literacy instruction; only then will they be equipped to address the literacy needs of their students. For such, we intend to do so during our certification program this way impacting more students. 

  • New administrative structure. Even with the challenges at hand our organization has grown in initiatives in the past few years. For this reason, we have expanded our administrative structure and have created an academic director position. This will allow the academic director to focus on teachers, reading clinic and teacher training among others. While the executive director will focus on logistics, strategic planning and fundraising. 
  • Webinars 
    • Our first webinar this year was Motivation in Learning: Challenges Faced Now a Days; Dr. Patricia Landers, Clinical and School Psychologist discussed motivation as well as provided strategies for parents and teachers.
    • Our next webinar in March will be on Social-Emotional Learning in school as students re integrate to their school campus and new routines need to be addressed. 
  • Reading Clinic | The reading clinic continues providing one-on-one intervention services (virtually) despite the challenges of COVID. Our enrollment during the 2020-21 remains stable. Stories of success from students who received services uninterruptedly between January until June reveal an improvement.
  • Summer Program| We have started planning our summer program sending surveys to parents and teachers. We will plan for virtual or on campus pending on the authorizations of school to use classrooms and they return to in class. We have a target of 30 students we wish to fullfill during this summer. 


 

For more resources follow us on social media: 

FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | WEBSITE

 
Attentively,

The MRC Team




Webinar with Dr. Landers
Webinar with Dr. Landers
Webinar announcement
Webinar announcement
ReadALoud
ReadALoud
Next webinar
Next webinar
WorldReadAloud
WorldReadAloud
#WorldReadAloudDay
#WorldReadAloudDay

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Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico, Inc.

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico
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Cristina Gonzalez
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