February 9, 2023

About 3 in 5 third graders in California don’t meet state standards in reading and writing. To try to help more kids learn to read, some districts are shifting their strategies. In Oakland, parents and other family members have taken a frontline position as literacy tutors. What’s the advantage of using family members as tutors? And how can they help boost children’s reading skills?


Ruelvis Alonga, Uncle and early literacy tutor, Oakland Unified School District

Karen D’Souza, Reporter, EdSource

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