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U.S. Teachers and Students Gear Up For National Audiobook Event to Get Hooked on Reading

Categories: Assistive Technology, Learning Disabilities, Student Centric Learning, The Great Reading Games

For Immediate Release:                     

 January 3, 2019, Princeton, NJTeachers across the United States are gearing up for the Great Reading Games hosted by Learning Ally, a leading education solutions organization.

Learning Ally has expertise in building reading engagement programs for struggling readers with learning differences like dyslexia. In support of educators and students alike, the organization hosts several classroom-friendly programs throughout the year to motivate students who struggle to read and help them succeed in school and beyond. The seven-week program improves vocabulary, comprehension and academic performance, and many students from participating schools also feel a huge sense of accomplishment. The Great Reading Games will run from January 7, 2019 to February 22, 2019.  

Terrie Noland, Learning Ally’s V.P. of Educator Initiatives says, “Students who struggle to read are often intellectually bright, but have difficulty keeping up with grade-level assignments due to a learning disability. The Great Reading Games gives these students the freedom to listen, learn and become immersed in a good book without frustration, and be rewarded for their efforts.”

Participants in the Games have access to more than 80,000 high quality, human-read audiobooks. They can select titles from the largest library of its kind to find curriculum-aligned textbooks, graphic novels, diverse literature and popular series, like Harry Potter, and Dog Man.

Additional program benefits include real-time insights, progress monitoring tools and digital rewards. These additions support the educator and make it easier to implement the program. The opportunity to win prizes such as Chromebooks, headphones and gift cards motivate students to keep reading for the entirety of the event.

Each year, Dana Blackaby, an educator and dyslexia specialist, signs her students up to participate in the Great Reading Games. She said, “97% of my students met or exceeded the STAAR standards after participating in the Games in 2018, and they won 3rd place in the nation. It was a truly proud moment.”

The Great Reading Games will officially close on Read Across America Day with a live “meet the author” webinar on March 1 with bestselling author Kwame Alexander. Mr. Alexander is an American writer of poetry and children's fiction known for connecting with young readers through books like The Crossover, Booked and Rebound. He is the recipient of the Newbery Medal and was a 2018 Read Across America ambassador for the National Education Association’s Read Across America. This live event will inspire, motivate and connect educators and students nationwide.

Sign up is now open for the Great Reading Games. Schools can call 800-221-1098.

About Learning Ally

Learning Ally is a leading education solutions organization dedicated to transforming the lives of struggling learners. Our proven audiobook solution includes quality, human-read audiobooks that align to schools’ curriculum in grades 3 -12, and a suite of educator resources to help students who struggle to read due to learning differences succeed in school and beyond. Today, more than 16,000 schools nationwide use Learning Ally. www.LearningAlly.org