ConTextos’ goal is to train teachers to incorporate literature, picture books, and read-aloud techniques, regularly used in classrooms in the United States, in the education system in El Salvador. The standard curriculum in El Salvador is rote memorization, and most teachers have never incorporated outside resources to supplement. As training began, ConTextos representatives discovered that many teachers didn’t know how to read a book aloud, including inflection, storytelling, and even holding a book so that the children could see the pictures.
Teachers are taught the best practice teaching strategies and return to the school to implement the program with students, then they share the techniques with other teachers. Basic assessments of both teacher training methods and student achievement are conducted prior to and after the trainings. Once a school is in their system, it stays in their system. ConTextos has a scalable model that can be replicated in multiple locations.