Literacy for Dominican-Haitian Youth in the Batey

by Yspaniola Incorporated
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Project Report | Jul 23, 2018
Tales of Success: Yspaniola Students Smash Reading

By Amy Porter | Director of Development

Thanks to supporters who donate through Global Giving, at Yspaniola we are able to help many students in the small community of Batey Libertad each year make huge strides with their education. This year, we have supported over 150 students within our Batey Libertad Learning Center. The 2017-2018 academic year has been a great one, as our first year with a full team of local staff and management running the center: see our report “Lost in Translation: Learning to Trust Together” which talks about the challenges we faced in the lead up to this year!)

To monitor students progress within our literacy-focused educational programs, at Yspaniola we use the A-Z Reading System, a scale which goes from “aa” (emerging reader) through the alphabet to “Z” (fluent reader). Our teachers take great pride in seeing their students devour new books as they progress up the levels. A quick snapshot of this year’s evaluation results show that our students are progressing in leaps and bounds:

  • 86% of our students achieved reading level gains.
  • 14 students climbed between 4-8 reading levels - smashing the average growth level!
  • 5 students at the Batey Libertad Learning Center achieved A-Z Reading level “Z” - the highest level possible, above and beyond our expectations!

Wilex, aged 16, is just one of the bright, hardworking students we have been working with this year. When he first entered Marisela’s classroom at the Learning Center two years ago, Wilex struggled to write his name. Wilex is an example of how easily students can slip through the cracks in the country’s overburdened and under-resourced public school system. He had been attending school at the local public school all his life, passing through each grade without mastering the critical literacy skills needed to pursue higher education and meaningful employment.

In just two short years, Wilex has made immense strides in his literacy skills thanks to the dedication and patience of Yspaniola teachers like Marisela, who remembers his first weeks in the center: “His lack of confidence was an obstacle in his early Learning Center days (...) He was very timid and at the beginning barely spoke. He was in my class, paying attention and understanding, but he wasn’t confident or engaged, and remained quiet.”  

Two years later, Wilex’s confidence has grown along with his reading level, something Marisela attributes to the opportunities for personalized instruction that are made available in the Learning Center. “Now he speaks a lot. He is always participating and interacting. It’s something he probably would not have accomplished in the public school, for lack of attention and there being so many students with one single teacher. He was never going to learn there as quickly as he has here.”

Wilex’s A-Z reading scores are a testament to his progress, having moved from level A in 2016 (which correlates to Kindergarten standards in the US), to a level C in March 2017, then a level E in June of 2017, and most recently, a Level G in March 2018.

Today, Wilex says that he loves The Story of Ferdinand, along with If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, all books in the Clifford series, and The Carrot Seed. In his own words, “I like reading, in order to learn. For example, if someone sends me a card I want to be able to read it.” With the literacy basics now under his belt, we have no doubt that Wilex will go on to read cards, books, and so much more. Well done, Wilex!

At Yspaniola, we are so grateful to all Global Giving donors for supporting deserving students of Batey Libertad, including Wilex. With your support, and our fantastic team of local staff and students, we look forward to continuing to do so during the 2018-19 school year. Thank you!

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Yspaniola Incorporated

Location: Jamaica Plain, MA - USA
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Alejandra Garcia Perez
North Haven , CT United States

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