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Texas Reading Initiative
When George W. Bush was governor of Texas, he established the Texas Reading Initiative in 1996. He focused on the most basic of education goals - teaching children to read well at grade level or above. His challenge to Texas educators was to use scientific research-based reading instruction to have all third graders reading on grade level or higher by the end of the third grade so that they would be successful in learning.
Teacher Reading Academies
The Teacher Reading Academies are 3 to 4 day professional development opportunities that provide K-4th grade teachers with scientifically researched based strategies to meet the diverse needs of their students.
Accelerated Reading Instruction Program (ARI)
Public schools must provide intensive, targeted intervention programs for students in K-4 who have been identified as being at-risk for reading difficulties.
Master Reading Teacher
Master Reading Teachers teach reading and mentor other teachers. Teachers wanting to become a MRT must complete an approved MRT program and pass the certification exam.
The Texas Reading Initiative disseminates current scientific, research-based information on reading to parents, administrators, teachers, and community partners.
Shannon Abercrombie
ELAR Educational Specialist
(210) 370-5765
Abby Rayburn
Educational Specialist
(210) 370-5448
Cyndi Pina
Educational Specialist
(210) 370-5404

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