Rogers Elementary Capitalizes on Reading Incentive Program

The Challenge

Dan D. Rogers Elementary is one of DISD’s most culturally diverse elementary schools with students who speak twenty-one different languages. With English Language Learners (ELL) comprising over 65% of the student body, improving literacy for all to learn and thrive presents unique challenges.

The Effort

Rogers school leadership secured a $2,975 Back to School Grant from United to Learn to fund, develop and implement a reading incentive program called “Roger Reads” to improve students’ reading skills, especially for the students who reside in non-English-speaking homes. Roger Reads set their ‘total minutes read’ goal, tracked their weekly progress, and received rewards for reaching those goals.

The Effect

Providing resources to Rogers Elementary for a reading incentive program improved reading outcomes for over 490 Pre-K through fifth-grade students, which led to increase in ISIP scores. Students at Rogers Elementary are demonstrating personal goal setting, self-management and accountability as a result of this program. For more information regarding Rogers Elementary or the Roger Reads Reading Incentive Program, please contact Amy Coates at