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January 15, 2019

Fight for Grade-Level Reading Podcast Episode 6: Adrian Pedroza of Abriendo Puertas

Kim Doleatto and I talk to Adrian Pedroza of Abriendo Puertas, Spanish for Opening Doors. Abriendo Puertas is an excellent example of organizations embracing the communities they are trying to work with.

This week’s final thought and homework:

Say that you have one child raised by university-educated parents in a home without books, while another child is raised by barely literate parents in a house with many books.

Would it surprise you to learn that both children will likely perform equally well in school?

If you work with parents and young children, are there organizations in your area that you can partner with to help get more books in the hands of those who need it? Can you find a way to show the importance of parents sharing books with their kids into your programs?

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This story comes from a partnership between the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Herald-Tribune, funded by The Patterson Foundation, to cover school readiness, attendance, summer learning, healthy readers and parent engagement. Read more stories at

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