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Reading Buddies Guide


Dear SBISD Elementary Parents:

We hope your first week “unpacking” the Digital Backpack has provided resources to help your child continue learning and growing. Thank you for your patience and persistence as we navigate this new normal together.

As you will see in the eLearning Guides within the Digital Backpack, our hope across all grade levels is that your children continue to read.

This fall, as part of our ReadSBISD, initiative, we launched Reading Buddies, our new district-developed volunteer reading tutoring program. The SBISD Reading Buddies Guide provides volunteers with helpful tips and strategies to support their student tutee.

We are working to reshape this guide for your use as a parent – but given the current situation, that work is not yet complete.

In the meantime, we are pleased to share the Reading Buddies Guide with you at this link.

We hope this guide is helpful! Although the information is written for volunteers, it is applicable to all of us as we support our children. Hopefully, it will help you understand how SBISD teachers approach literacy instruction, and how you can be part of literacy learning at home.

Click here to view our small, but growing, library of “how-to” videos on our Reading Buddies website that model these strategies in action!

Parents and families play a critical role in educating Every Child we serve. You are their first teachers and our important partners. Thank you for all you are doing to support your child at this time and always.


Linda Buchman, Associate Superintendent of Community Relations

Joyce Evans, Director of Humanities K-5

Abby Walker, Coordinator of Strategic Partnerships and Volunteer Programs


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