TURNKEY LIBRARIES AND TEACHER TRAINING
Our Turnkey Library program goes beyond just encouraging reading. We transform schools into communities of readers!
ConTextos knows that in order to improve the quality of education, we must improve the quality of teachers. Our intensive teacher-training program consists of workshops and coaching that motivates teachers to sustainably change classroom practice in order to improve student learning outcomes.
The teacher-training process consists of three years of intervention. Year one counts with the donation of 500 high quality books in Spanish. Teacher trainings develop skills and strategies to establish a lending library, integrate books, reading and discussion into classroom practice, and engage youth-leaders and parents throughout the learning process.
After 5-years seeing momentous changes in k-3rd grades, we launched iLEER, which innovates literacy education in two key ways: 1) pioneering the use of digital texts and Kindle e-readers in Central America, and 2) directly targeting 4-9th-graders and their teachers, the most vulnerable time for gang-recruitment.
With e-readers, groups of students engage around the same text, facilitating debate and dialogue that builds better readers and citizens.
ANNUAL TEACHER CONFERENCE
Every year, ConTextos gathers the network of teachers in the annual conference, a unique professional development opportunity for teachers that before ConTextos wasn't possible.
For the first time in 2014, the conference "Literacy and Leadership" brought together 200 teachers, partners, friends and literacy organizations in the region. Miguel Tello, Executive Director of Strachan Foundation, was the keynote speaker.
The 2nd anual teacher training conference of ConTextos gathered 400 teachers, educators, donors, partners, and friends of ConTextos. The keynote speaker José Luis Sanz, Director of the online newspaper El Faro, challenged the participants to acknowledge their important role to undermine the strtuctures of a violent society. He encouraged them to get united and speak up their needs in their communities.
In November 2016, ConTextos will host the 3rd annual teacher conference with the topic "Texts to confront violence" where teachers will be exposed to diverse texts and the correlation with the violence they face every day at their classroom.