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CSR Colorado: Read, Lead, Succeed

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Since the start of the 2010-2011 school year, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos has worked alongside Denver Public Schools (DPS) and the University of Colorado Boulder to improve the reading comprehension of middle school students in DPS through Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR), a set of research-based best practices. This unique partnership is CSR Colorado.

CSR is being implemented in middle schools that target ELLs (English language learners), struggling readers and students with learning disabilities.  Research and validation, CSR implementation in the classroom and parent engagement are all top priorities of the CSR Colorado initiative. Learn more about the CSR Colorado initiative by visiting the official website here>.

Padres works with parents in DPS middle schools to advance reading comprehension through CSR Colorado and ensure that all students receive a college-preparatory education. Our parent-led organizing program engages parents who are historically underrepresented in school participation and empowers them to help their children become college-ready.

We work to engage parents through an house-visit outreach program, a promotora (parent promoter) program, and regular school-based chapter meetings and trainings at seven CSR Colorado middle schools in Denver Public Schools. 

Making Progress
With the start of the 2012-13 school year, CSR Colorado has begun its third year of the iniative. The three partners are now working with parents from participating CSR Colorado schools, including Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, Merrill Middle School, Skinner Middle School, Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences, Grant Beacon Middle School, Kepner Middle School, and Henry World School.

For more information about the initiative, please visit the official CSR Colorado website>>.

To learn more about CSR Colorado and how you can get involved, please contact our CSR Colorado Parent Organizers:

Elsa Oliva Rocha | elsa@padresunidos.org | (303) 458-6545(303) 458-6545

Josie Facio | josie@padresunidos.org | (303) 458-6545(303) 458-6545


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