ReadPlayTalk is Mesquite ISD's research-based, community-supported initiative to champion early childhood literacy among its students, many of whom come from government-defined poverty households.
Research shows that students from poverty enter kindergarten, on average, two years behind their peers who are not from poverty due limited exposure to vocabulary.
Mesquite ISD is aggressively tackling this challenge through a multifaceted approach involving teacher-designed strategies to address needs in preKindergarten through second grade. Through volunteer, business and campus partnerships, parents and relatives are also being encouraged to read, play and talk with their children from birth. As a large urban public school system pioneer in these efforts, Mesquite ISD will have every student reading on grade level by third grade.
View Superintendent Dr. David Vroonland's initial presentation to the Board of Trustees about the rationale behind the early literacy initiative and the district's plan going forward.