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“Gradulations”

-By Ruby Jockers, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor When a Literacy First student graduated for the first time at our campus earlier this year, it was an exciting day for everyone on our team, as we watched this Kindergarten student proudly walk out the classroom holding her graduation certificate. However, when I went to pick up […]

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Seeing Progress

At the mid-year mark, one Literacy First tutor reflects on student victories big and small. By Abigail Chopp, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor I love being able to see, on paper, the tangible progress that my students are making. That makes Wednesdays the most exciting day of the week for me. That is the day that we test our […]

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“My kiddo did it!” – A Graduation Story

By Rachel Peterson, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor I did it! I graduated a kiddo! Or rather, my kiddo did it! Mariana read at a level high enough to pass out of our program. I am really proud of her. When I started working with Mariana, I knew she would be a ball of excitement and […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Annika Olson

Annika Olson serves as an Assistant Director of Policy Research at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Urban Policy and Research Analysis, whose mission is to “strengthen Black communities, promote social justice, and combat anti-Black racism using a racial equity framework.” Read on to learn how her experience as a Literacy First tutor […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Johnathan Salinas

Johnathan Salinas was studying Music Performance at Texas State before joining Literacy First. He’s now a first-grade teacher. In this Alumni Q&A, he talks about how the program gave him the “strong foundation” he needed to begin a career in education. What were you doing before joining Literacy First?Before joining Literacy First, I was finishing […]

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Partnering with BookSpring to Prevent the Summer Reading “Slide”

Literacy First tutors dedicate thousands of hours each year teaching students to read. However, research has shown that during summer vacation,¬†80 percent of students from economically disadvantaged communities lose reading skills.¬†Literacy First is proud to partner with BookSpring to help mitigate that loss through the Summer Success program. Summer Success includes STEAM-themed teacher lesson plans and books, parent […]

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