Middle School Struggling Readers Succeed on MVRC

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Reading challenge: Motivating struggling middle school students to envision a brighter future through literacy. In the summer of 2016, Reading Interventionist Tammi Humphreys was hired by Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville, SC, to create a computer lab where at-risk students could improve their literacy skills. Among the primary challenges Humphreys faced with her grade six-through-eight […]

Tech-Savvy Intervention Program Manager Harnesses Grapevine for Educator Buy-In

Reading Challenge: Promoting the use of MindPlay as a K-12 reading solution. Houston Independent School District’s Intervention Program Manager, Mary Miner, says it was viral communication about MindPlay’s success that inspired more and more schools to adopt it as a reading solution. “We never mandated the use of MindPlay but allowed word of mouth to […]

A Coordinator of Continuous Improvement Supports a Transitioning District

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Reading Challenge: Guiding Reading Intervention Across 13 K-12 Schools As Coordinator of Continuous Improvement for the Manor Independent School District in Manor, Texas, Jennifer Brewer describes herself as the “middleman” between MindPlay and the district when it comes to reading intervention. Among the challenges she faces are ensuring buy-in and ongoing support for principals, coaches […]

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 […]

Rural Wisconsin Middle School Customizes Learning for At-Risk Students

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Reading Challenge: Implementing an adaptive and affordable reading solution for struggling middle school students. In the far western edge of Wisconsin, the primarily rural community of Prescott is fueled by agriculture and industry, including an oil refinery in nearby St. Paul, MN. Principal Jim Dalluhn is now in his third year at the 360-student Prescott […]

Homeschooled 5th Grader Jumps Two Grade Levels with MindPlay

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The Reading Challenge: a dyslexic homeschooled fifth-grader is reading at the third-grade level. Anna’s Story: In fifth grade, the shift from a self-contained, multi-subject classroom to a middle-school model of six different periods, subjects and teachers proved too great a challenge for Anna, who was already doing her best to cope with dyslexia. Says Anna’s […]

Student Greatly Improves Reading, Spelling, Stuttering Issues

by Brandie Genske A middle school boy is challenged with stuttering and unintelligible spelling. Sixth-grader Evan was a boy “dear to my heart,” says Special Education and district support teacher Brandie Genske. Evan was challenged with a severe stutter and “horrendous” spelling, says Genske, and she just couldn’t imagine how he would ever be able […]

MindPlay Understanding Dyslexia Expands Teacher Awareness and Improves Teaching Strategies

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An Interview with Jennifer Corcoran, Ed.D, Assistant Principal Boca Raton Community Middle School, Boca Raton, FL At an IEP meeting, a parent of one of our ESE students suggested that we purchase MindPlay Understanding Dyslexia™. Our District had heard about this Professional Development Course and supported our request by purchasing 100 licenses for our teachers, […]

Middle School Struggling Readers Succeed on MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC)

An Interview with Mark Maudlin, Principal Urey Middle School, John Glenn School Corporation, Walkerton, Indiana In January 2016, we placed 30 students who were reading two or more levels below grade level on MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC). Placement was based on their RAPS360 (*now Universal Screener) comprehension scores. Approximately 75 percent were regular education […]

Middle and High School “Critical” Readers Succeed on MVRC

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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 […]