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Continued: May 22: Minneapolis school enrolls parents for reading gains

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 27, 2013 - 7:58 PM

For Karina Chacon, the program has motivated her to encourage Jackie to use her time better so her daughter can have a better life.

Chacon, who has an eighth-grade education and cleans hotel rooms, tells Jackie to do it for herself: “It’s not for your teacher’s well-being. It’s not for my well-being. I wish I had studied.”

Andersen student Tywee Turner and his father of the same name talk about stories he’s read and visit the library often. Tywee had DuPont’s help last year when he was reading at a fourth-grade level; now in seventh grade he reads a grade ahead and is an honor roll student.

He now rarely runs across a word he can’t sound out, the elder Tywee said. He credits DuPont.

“She calls to check on him all the time,” he said. “Miss DuPont, she went beyond the teaching guidelines for helping Tywee. She was like a mother.”

Steve Brandt • 612-673-4438

Twitter: @brandtstrib

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  • Jackie Ponce Chacon, a sixth-grader at Andersen United School in Minneapolis, reads for half an hour at home every day after school, then talks about what she has read with her mother, Karina Chacon, to reinforce her comprehension. “I read books that are interesting, like history,” Jackie said.

  • Jackie Ponce Chacon and her mother, Karina Chacon, discussed a book about mummies that Jackie was reading that day.

  • Karina Chacon, discussing a book with her daughter Jackie Ponce Chacon, found out about Jackie’s lagging reading skills, in part because of Andersen United School’s longer parent conferences. In three months, Jackie was able to catch up to her sixth-grade reading level.

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