McShan Reading Homeroom

As one of the highest poverty and refugee-rich schools in DISD, many students enter McShan ES having no prior English language training. McShan Reading Homeroom offers tutoring during the school year Monday through Thursday and on select Saturdays. We tutor First and Second Graders and all Newcomers (those who have lived in the U.S. less than one year) in Grades One through Five.

Join one of the largest volunteer reading programs serving DISD without charge. Our programs cost your school district ZERO ADDITIONAL TAX DOLLARS!

What We Do

Over 100 tutors partner with McShan students during the school year Monday through Thursday in one or more 45-minute sessions and on select Saturdays 8 am to 12 noon.

We tutor by pairing tutors and students, enabling consistent mentoring relationships for confidence building. Prior teaching experience is not required..

We augment students’ classroom lessons through focused English language basics of alphabet, phonics, reading, writing and reading comprehension. All materials are provided.

MRH Curriculum


Through the Hasbrouck QuickPhonics Screener administered three times during the school year, tutors develop and track individual lesson plans for learners.


We simultaneously introduce letters, sounds , word formation and heart words for a balanced literacy approach focusing on rime and progressive learning techniques.


Listening, speaking, reading and writing are demonstrated each session, with students being introduced to reading their first session.

Reading Comprehension

While mastering the basics of the English language, a student begins by reading decodables, then advancing through to chapter books, complete with writing Book Summaries.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What 10 immigrant children taught this 61-year-old retiree

“This reading program has a seven-year history and is well-organized, well-attended and, most important, well-intentioned.”

Therese Tetzel – Tutor

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It takes a village to help refugee kids learn to read

“We truly have created a village to support our students,” Kelly said. “It’s a beautiful thing when we’re able to see the kids grow.”

Former McShan Principal Dr. Dayanna Carson-Kelly

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Changed My Life”

I love children, and have babysat a range of ages for the past four years. I participated in Summer Academy last year and it changed my life. I found that I love teaching and am excited to have the chance to do it again.

Kalen Doyle – Youth Leader 2014