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Cross-country Collaboration Through Virtual Book Clubs

An interview with librarians Laura Healy and Isabel (Izzy) Turner

Laura Healy and Izzy Turner met six years ago at the American Association...

How My District Uses Digital Books to Close the ELL Achievement Gap

A documented reality across our nation is the achievement gap between English language learners (ELLs) and non-ELL students. Research has...

Do We Really Need Tests to Assess Reading?

In a recent EdWeek article, Todd Brekhus, the President of myON, examined the current state of reading tests in schools and looked at how they...

Podcast Recap: Cultivating Children’s Love for Literature

Todd Brekhus, the president of myON, recently sat down with Huzefa Kapadia on the Scalar Learning podcast to discuss reading curricula and how to...

Verify, Verify, Verify: An Essential Media Literacy Skill

I would confidently argue that media literacy is the most important topic of our time. Media impacts every aspect of our lives, specifically...

4 Tips for Maximizing Your Literacy Goals for the 2017–2018 School Year

School is back in session! It’s time for another literacy-filled, exciting, (and maybe a little exhausting!) academic year.

Have you...

Back to School Tip: Use Reading Contests to Spike Student Engagement

Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition? Seasonally, myON creates a set of literacy resources for educators to use to increase student...

How Community Reading Models Bridge the Literacy Funding Gap

We’ve all heard the expression “less is more,” and while this may be true for decadent chocolate cake and Grandma’s collection of knick-knacks, it...

Is Media Literacy a Lost Art in 2017?

Although the amount of media that students consume each day continues to climb (teens spend about nine hours per day, while tweens hit about six...

Time to Deal with Fake News—for Real

It’s a new school year, and it’s time for the 3 R’s: That’s Reading, Writing, and Real News, of course. What? That’s not a key component of your...

In Literacy Instruction, ‘Without Engagement, You’ve Got Nothing’

Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar on edWeb.net and sponsored by myON. The focus of the webinar was sharing Gravity...

Clarifying the Journey Towards Personalized Learning

Ahhh, summertime. A time educators cherish to pursue personal passions and spend time with friends and family. Additionally, a time we all value...

3 Keys to Turbocharging Student Engagement

There is no better feeling for teachers than witnessing their students’ empowerment as they learn to create, communicate, and think for themselves...

Community Literacy in Three Languages: English, Spanish, and Coding

Last week, Superintendent Dr. Ricardo Lopez sat down with Education Talk Radio host Larry Jacobs to discuss the goals and achievements of the...

3 Keys to Increasing Reading Comprehension and Curbing Summer Slide

The summer slide—the reading loss that happens when students are not in school for the summer months—is a well-documented reality that is a yearly...

Happy Fourth of July from the myON Family to Yours!

It’s a great day to celebrate the RED, WHITE and BLUE and the BIG USA! The coolers are full, the grills are lit, the parades are underway, and...

The Essential Difference Between Evaluation and Assessment

I recently had a conversation with a classroom teacher regarding multiple measures of assessment in literacy. Tell me if you have heard this one...

Building Reading Comprehension Through Questions, Inquiry, and Sketchnotes

To comprehend or not to comprehend—that is the question. To do so illustrates a strong connection between reader and text, a connection that can...

Two Examples of Successful Community Reading Models

In a brief released in 2013, the Family and Community Engagement and Afterschool Alliance underscored the importance of early and active reading...

Finding the Right Mix of Print and Digital Text for Student Reading

Education technology that supports personalized literacy continues to thrive in school districts across the nation due to its increased...

ELLs and Summer Reading: How to #KeepKidsLearning

More than 4.5 million English language learning (ELL) students leave school each spring and face summer learning loss, otherwise known as the “...

The Young Readers of Tennessee Share Their Love of myON

As members of the education community, we are very aware that in every classroom, educators who use digital, online libraries to assist their...

Building a Community of Readers

As defined in the dictionary, a community is as “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in...

How Student Choice Empowers Readers

We’ve all heard the discussion surrounding the challenges of attention and retention in today’s “digital age,” especially when it comes to...

5 Ways to Assess Reading Comprehension Without Constantly Testing

During the average school year, students complete a state standardized test, a few benchmark tests, and several summative assessments for...

For Reading Assessments, Say Goodbye to Bubble Tests and Hello to Instant Feedback

When I first started as an educator, digital reading assessments simply did not exist—and we didn’t think they would for a very long time...

The Five Essential Elements of Reading…and Your English Language Learner Students

I began my fifth grade year in a small military town in Maryland, at a new school, knowing no one but my immediate family members, and I didn’t...

It’s Worth the Struggle–The Power of Peer Reviews Using Digital Literacy Tools

Students today write like they never have before-both in print and online. Young or inexperienced writers need to both observe proficient writers...

Assessing Reading Fluency–Word Recognition Automaticity

In my previous blog I presented a simple approach for assessing students’ word recognition accuracy. Certainly accuracy in word recognition is...

Wait, What? You Wanted Me To Do What? The Importance of Visible Thinking Routines For Student Clarity

I strongly believe that the more transparent and explicit we are in communicating with students in what we view as exemplar work, the more...

Assessing Reading Fluency – Word Recognition Accuracy

Reading fluency has been identified by the Common Core Standards as a foundational reading competency.   This means that readers must have a solid...

Inquiry-Driven Student Choice in The Digital Classroom

Creating a digital classroom is essential to engaging students in learning for today’s YouTube generation.  We all know the “one size fits all”...

Getting Back to School with English Language Learners

End of Summer Blues

Like many of you, I am gearing up for the start of another amazing school year. With this, a plethora of feelings arise; I...

Thoughts from a student…and a parent.

From time to time,  we receive messages and pictures from students and, occasionally, their parents.  We thought we would share our most recent...

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Blog authors
Kathrine Bush
Katherine Bush is a 4th-grade teacher at the Maury County School District in Colombia, Tennessee. She can be reached at...
Elyse August
Elyse is Vice President of Services at myON. She has worked with educators, communities, families, and students across the nation to build...
Tracy Cantrell
Tracy Cantrell is a gifted-language arts teacher at Snelson-Golden Middle School in Hinesville, Georgia.
Billy Spicer
Billy currently teaches in Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in suburban Chicago. After spending a decade teaching 3rd thru 5th grades,...
Todd Brekhus
Todd Brekhus is president of myON and a former teacher, department chair, and technology director...
Raul Trevino
Raul Trevino is the Executive Director of Leadership and Performance at the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District.
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director for the National Association for Media Literacy Education. She can be reached at...
Timothy Rasinski
Dr. Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award winning reading clinic. He has written over 200...
Laura Healy
Laura Healy is an Educational Consultant for myON. She previously worked as a media specialist at the Randall Carter Elementary School and was one of...
Steven Rivera-Padilla
A Bilingual Education Paraprofessional with Hillsborough County Public Schools, Steven has spent years working with students from various countries...