Albuquerque Reads

A partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

Want to volunteer? Click here to download the enrollment form.

Click here to download an Albuquerque Reads brochure.


Close the Education Achievement Gap!


If a child cannot read, the world is closed to them.

Poverty directly relates to literacy rates
• Children in poverty average 25 total hours reading before Kindergarten
• Children not in poverty average 1000 total hours reading before Kindergarten

3rd grade reading levels indicate future:
• Dropout rate
• Crime rate
• Success

Having reading modeled improves students' reading ability





You can change a child's life

The 2004-2005 Albuquerque Reads results are IMPRESSIVE!!!
•At the beginning of 04/05 school year, only 3% of students were reading at or above grade level.
•At the end of the school year 72% were reading at or above grade level and another 21% were at the cusp of reading at grade level

Our Expectations:
•The students participating in this program will enter the first grade reading at or above the first grade reading level
• Reading overcomes poverty
• The more educated our future generation is, the better the quality of their lives
• With a more educated workforce we can build a better, stronger community

GACC Partnering with APS in Albuquerque Reads •Albuquerque Reads is a structured program
•Focus on Title I schools where 85 % of children receive free or reduced cost of lunch
•Early intervention proven successful
•Explicit instruction and guided practice

Modeled after Columbus Reads
•High poverty schools used program to help pass the statewide 4 th grade proficiency test
•Albuquerque Reads developed by Educators at Bel Air Elementary School and tailored to each individual student's needs
•Training materials aligned with kindergarten reading standards and classroom instruction.
•The program meets state and district standards



Make a difference!

We are all better off when Albuquerque Reads
Help a child learn to read…. and you open a new world

Volunteering for Albuquerque Reads:
• 70 minute commitment each week
• October 3, 2005 – May 8, 2006
• Three schools
• 800 Volunteers needed
• Three hour training session
• Required Background check- fingerprinting- paid by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.
• 10 minutes guided instruction with site coordinator
• Two students-30 Minutes each every week
–10 minutes Reading
–10 minutes Writing
–10 minutes Literacy activity (skills development)

Tutoring Schedule
WHERRY Elementary School– Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week 9:50 am to 11:05 am
ATRISCO Elementary School– Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week 8:45am to 10:00 am
BEL AIR Elementary School – Completely filled
• Attendance each week is imperative to success!

How to become a tutor:

Click here to download the enrollment form.
UNM staff members should submit form to Karin Retskin, 277-1532,

Click here to down an Albuquerque Reads brochure.

•Call 505 843-READ (7323)

•Call 505 764-3736


•Web site: Click on the Albuquerque Reads button

UNM staff members:

Contact Karin Retskin, 277-1532,


Kevin Stevenson, 277.0842,



Thank you for your commitment to this program--The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and Albuquerque Public Schools

Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce