On May 12th, TAP hosted a bilingual Literacy night at Dessau Elementary. We had a great turnout of parents, students and teachers wanting to learn more about how to engage students in reading. TAP teaching artists presented the book, The Woman Who Outshone the Sun/La Mujer que Brillaba aun mas que el sol and helped attendees to act out and participate in the story itself. The available body of research on the importance of literacy skills in determining future personal and academic success is very clear: students who cannot read, or who cannot read well, by the end of the third grade year will face significant difficulties in and out of school. Students who are English language learners also face many additional challenges when learning how to read.
TAP is pleased to address these challenges through bilingual literacy nights like the one at Dessau Elementary, and we hope to continue making reading fun and interactive for students throughout Austin and its surrounding communities. Many thanks to Kristie Guerrero for making the Literacy Night at Dessau Elementary so successful, and thanks again to all who attended.