Struggling Third-Graders Make Quick and Dramatic Gains

Reading Challenge: More than 50 percent critical ESL, ELL struggling and dyslexic readers “What’s powerful is that students can see and hear word pronunciations through an actual reading coach,” says Misty Simpson, a 12-year education veteran and Reading and Social Studies teacher at Blake Manor Elementary in the Manor (Texas) Independent School District. “This makes […]

The Art of Transitioning a District

Reading Challenge: A Superintendent Implements a District-Wide Reading Solution To say that change has been the hallmark of the Manor (Texas) Independent School District over the past five years would be an understatement. Student enrollment has increased by more than 1,000, the population of English language learners is growing significantly, and overall enrollment is projected […]

Exchange Student Masters the English Language

by Brandie Genske An Honors English high school exchange student is language-challenged. German exchange student Ella was a junior in high school when she came to Wisconsin to experience the American way of life and education. A good student, she enrolled in Honors English, a very rigorous course, and was earning B grades, not bad […]

Students Make Outstanding Reading Gains Using MVRC with Fidelity

An Interview with Shelli Treely, Reading Coach, Moran Elementary School; Osceola, IN During our last school year (2015-16), approximately 60 students worked on MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC) with fidelity. The 18 third-grade students who worked on the program contributed to our most successful passing percentage of Indiana’s state-mandated reading assessment. During the first semester […]

Fourth-Grade Students with Disabilities Improve Their Reading Skills

An Interview with Marie Hawkins, Fourth Grade Teacher Trinity Lutheran School, Kissimmee, Florida. Three of my 17 fourth-grade students have received the McKay Scholarship which is offered to students with disabilities, such as, autism, ADHD, ADD, mental retardation, and other learning disabilities. The scholarship is funded by the Florida Department of Education. While these three […]

Middle and High School “Critical” Readers Succeed on MVRC

Teenage Students

From Carrie O’Donnell Students from our inner city school come to us missing a lot of reading skills. I see approximately 49 percent of our sixth through eleventh grade students. If students are at 190 or below in their Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) scores, they automatically come to me. These are the lowest reading students […]