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Fast Company Selects The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution for 2021 World Changing Ideas Award
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May 11, 2021 by Learning Ally

For Immediate Release

May 11, 2021 - Princeton, NJ – Learning Ally, a leader in education solutions, has received Honorable Mention for its Audiobook Solution in the Education category of Fast Company's 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards. The nonprofit now joins the ranks of trailblazing organizations at the forefront of innovation for the good of our society.

Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards recognizes the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to tackling and solving some of the world's most pressing issues such as health and climate, social injustice, and inequality.

In addressing its mission for all students to have equal opportunity to learn, Learning Ally works with educators and communities across the U.S. to ensure students who struggle to read in preK-12 receive equitable access to curriculum, textbooks, literature, and popular books. The organization also provides a suite of professional development resources for teachers to learn more about evidence-based reading practices, early literacy, dyslexia, and proven interventions. The nonprofit has won numerous awards for its hallmark reading solution aligned to school curriculum and including a comprehensive audiobook library. 

"It is an honor to be recognized as a change agent for education equity," says Andrew Friedman, CEO of Learning Ally. "There is a literacy crisis in America. Millions of students struggle to read and learn, and our most vulnerable students with reading differences and from lower socio economic backgrounds often suffer dire consequences. Our goal is to increase student achievement by understanding the learning needs of students, and to provide equitable and effective education solutions.”

Now in its fifth year, Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Awards selected recipients from a pool of more than 4000 entries across categories for transportation, education, food, politics, technology and more. “There's no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times," says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. "So, it is important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability, and passion to solve these problems."

About Learning Ally                                                

Learning Ally is a leading nonprofit education solutions organization dedicated to equipping educators with proven resources that help early and struggling learners reach their potential. With literacy-focused offerings for students in Pre-K to 12th grade, an educator community and a catalog of professional learning, Learning Ally supports more than 1.5 million students and over 200,000 educators across the U.S.  The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is our cornerstone award-winning reading resource used in more than 18,500 schools to help students with reading deficits succeed. Composed of high quality, human-read audiobooks and a suite of teacher resources to monitor and support student progress, it is designed to turn struggling readers into engaged learners. For more information, visit www.LearningAlly.org.

About Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Awards

World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors including designers, venture capitalists, thinkers, social entrepreneurs and Fast Company editors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on impact, design, scalability, feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.

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Introducing "Literacy Leadership" new podcast series with Dr. Terrie Noland, CALP

May 10, 2021 by Learning Ally

Are you a champion of literacy in your classrooms, schools and districts? Do you seek the courage to change the way you teach reading using the latest research and evidence-based reading practices? Today in the U.S., sixty-five percent of 3rd graders do not read at grade level.1 For students at-risk, this number rises to 84%. Many of our teachers lack the formal training to teach evidence-based reading instruction to diverse student populations.2  All of these challenges add up to a nation in a literacy crisis. 

Smash the Literacy Divide

If you are searching for new knowledge about reading, tools and resources that will support reading skill practice, and professional learning and coaching, you’ll want to learn more about a new podcast series on Spotify, "Literacy Leadership," with Dr. Terrie Noland, CALP.  Dr. Noland is the V.P. of Learning Ally's Educator's Initiatives, and a Certified Academic Language Practitioner. Her passion runs deep for kids who are challenged by reading and the educators that surround them. For 25 years, she has put her energy into education and literacy; first as a teacher and administrator, and now for Learning Ally, a nonprofit with a mission dedicated to "Literacy for All."  

Building a Culture of Literacy

Terrie’s strengths lie in her ability to relate to, educate, motivate, and inspire others, especially educators. In her podcasts, she discusses evidence-based reading practices, and fosters the development of  "whole child learning” and educator empowerment. She reinforces structured literacy instruction combined with reading practice for students who struggle to decode, comprehend, and read fluently, so they can be successful reading on their intellectual level. 

The Future Belongs to Those Who Are Curious

It’s what you learn after you think you know it all. This podcast series focuses on pedagogical practices to create effective learning environments. It connects educators with a like minded community who seek a new vision for literacy, and a chance to grow and hone their PD skills in reading instruction. Listen to a podcast now and become a part of a group dynamic who want to smash the literacy divide. 

Now is the Time to Move Forward. 

Dr. Noland will be talking with Larry Jacobs, EdTalk Radio on May 27 at 9:00 am Est. about her new podcast series, and the upcoming Spotlight on Dyslexia virtual conference. 

1 Education Week, Early Reading Instruction: Results of a National Survey of Teachers, January 2020

2 National Center for Education Statistics, https://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/AECF-Early_Warning_Full_Report-2010.pdf 

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Dr. Terrie Noland to Present at the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Early Childhood Conference
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April 26, 2021 by Learning Ally

With a passion for literacy, early learners, and the educators who serve them, Dr. Terrie Noland, CALP and Learning Ally's V.P. of Educator Initiatives, will present at the 2021 Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children, Annual Early Childhood conference. This year, the MIAEYC virtual conference is April 29th to May 1st.  

Dr. Noland's presentation titled, "Prevent Academic Failure Through Quality Early Literacy Instruction," will empower early childhood educators to create dynamic learning environments using quality structured literacy approaches with explicit and implicit reading instruction in unison with appropriate interventions to reinforce vital reading skills in comprehension, fluency and decoding. Dr. Noland ties her presentations together using the best pedagogical practices in early literacy, evidence-based reading practices, brain-based learning, and social and emotional learning.

A lifelong educator and motivational leader, Terrie Noland has led the charge for "literacy for all" for more than 25 years. First as a teacher and administrator in U.S. education, and now working for the Learning Ally nonprofit organization to engage educators with new skills and knowledge. She has developed educational content for academia and professional learning courses for educators of all levels. In her daily activities, Terrie works with educators to become literacy leaders in their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities. She says, “As more educators become literacy champions, they are ensuring that more children who struggle to read, especially those with reading deficits, like dyslexia, are identified and accommodated as early as possible.”

In addition to the MIAEYC conference, educators will want to learn about and register for Learning Ally's Spotlight on Dyslexia virtual conference on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 9:00 am to 5.00 p.m. Central Time. This year’s event brings together leading experts in the fields of dyslexia, literacy and neuroscience to share new research, strategies, and insights for identifying and supporting students who struggle with reading. Participants can earn up to 12 continuing education certifications by participating live or on-demand through December 1, 2021. 

Follow Dr. Terrie Noland’s education podcasts on Spotify and posts on Twitter @terrienoland.

Read her articles, like this one on reading automaticity, on the Learning Ally blog.

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The Week of the Young Child
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April 14, 2021 by Learning Ally

In recognition of the Week of the Young Child, Heather Wiederstein, Learning Ally V.P. of Solutions reflects on the role of education organizations in partnership with schools, families and communities to support all children in successful journeys in school and in life. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Week of the Young Child. This celebration, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is meant to focus the public’s attention on the needs of young children and their families. At Learning Ally, we know that providing for those needs whether academic, social, emotional, or physical and mental wellbeing, requires organizations, providers, and schools to help to create a foundation of lifelong success. In fact, we take it personally. It is our mission, our job —all of our jobs—to care for and provide for the needs of all children, recognizing the special developmental factors or circumstances in those early years (before age 8). 

Learning Ally is committed to partnering with schools and families and the communities in which they live, to do our part in serving the needs of, and therefore, shaping the future opportunities of young learners. The past year has created a more pressing need among schools, families, and children with fewer resources in many cases.  We’d love to have you join us in this mission.  

Here are some ways you can participate this week:

Thank you for joining us and for taking a moment now to reflect and to reinforce our actions on behalf of all students.

 

About Learning Ally 

Learning Ally is a leading nonprofit education solutions organization dedicated to equipping educators with proven solutions that help new and struggling learners reach their potential. Our range of literacy-focused offerings for students Pre-K to 12th grade and catalog of professional learning allow us to support more than 200,000 educators across the U.S. The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is our cornerstone award-winning reading accommodation used in more than 18,500 schools to help students with reading deficits succeed.

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Winning Schools Announced in Learning Ally’s 2021 Great Reading Games

April 14, 2021 by Learning Ally

For Immediate Release

PRINCETON, NJ - April 14, 2021 - Learning Ally has announced the winners of the 2021 Great Reading Games, a national event designed to encourage students—particularly struggling readers—to read and build habits that will help them succeed in life.

The education solutions organization, whose mission is to transform the lives of early and struggling learners through innovative literacy solutions, started the Great Reading Games seven years ago to motivate and engage struggling readers and has seen participation grow ever since.

“The Great Reading Games is one of our favorite times of the year because it really gets people excited about reading,” says Terrie Noland, Ph.D., CALP, Learning Ally’s Vice President of Educator Initiatives. “It’s a fun, competitive way to promote reading across the nation that motivates even the most reluctant readers to read twice as much and three times as often.”

The goal of the event is to get students reading with frequency, which Learning Ally defines as reading at least twenty minutes a day for thirty-three days, shown to lead to improved academic and social-emotional outcomes. This habit can contribute to double the rate of reading growth if maintained for two months.

This year, more than 51,000 students from 2,700 schools competed in the Great Reading Games, reading a record-breaking 17 million pages during the nine-week event. Top student performers win digital gift cards. Teachers win prizes and recognition for their schools.

Here are this year’s first-place winners:

  • Elementary School Purple - Parkview Elementary School, California
  • Elementary School Blue - Rosa Parks Learning Center, California
  • Elementary School Green - Madison County Central School, Florida
  • Elementary School Orange - Spring Valley School, Alabama
  • Middle School Purple - Elevated Digital Learning Academy, California
  • Middle School Blue - Atascocita Middle School, Texas
  • Middle School Green - Linwood Middle School, New Jersey
  • Middle School Orange - East Orange STEM Academy, New Jersey
  • High School Purple - Hiawatha Collegiate High School, Minnesota
  • High School Blue - Universal Academy - Coppell, Texas
  • High School Green - The New York Institute of Special Education, New York
  • High School Orange - Ramsey Junior High School, Arkansas

“This was a challenging year for everyone in education, especially teachers and their students,” said Noland. “For them to come together and surpass last year’s record is truly inspiring. Congratulations to all the students who participated and a heartfelt thank you to their teachers for working tirelessly to support their students and instill in them a passion for reading and learning.”

About Learning Ally

Learning Ally is a leading nonprofit education solutions organization dedicated to equipping educators with proven solutions that help new and struggling learners reach their potential. Our range of literacy-focused offerings for students Pre-K to 12th grade and catalog of professional learning allows us to support more than 200,000 educators across the US. The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is our cornerstone award-winning reading accommodation used in more than 18,500 schools to help students with reading deficits succeed. Composed of high-quality, human-read audiobooks and a suite of teacher resources to monitor and support student progress, it is designed to turn struggling readers into engaged learners.

For more information, visit www.LearningAlly.org.

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