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Sneaky Ways that Parents Can Conquer the Dreaded Summer Slide

It’s time to talk about the infamous Summer Slide. Ouch! This isn’t the old, rusty metal playground equipment that burns the legs and rips the...

Jane Goodall Answers You!

The world-famous scientist answers readers’ questions. 

Earth Day is on Sunday. It’s an important time to honor our planet. It’s also a...

6 Reasons Why Using Poetry and Songs for Struggling Readers Works

For years now, I have been advocating for greater use of poetry and song in our work with young, struggling readers. And yet, it is not unusual...

This is No Joke: 3 Myths About Learning to Read

The earliest recorded example of an April Fools’ Day prank may have happened in 1698, when unsuspecting tourists were convinced to visit the Tower...

Talking to Students About Lexile® Measures

Have you ever looked at your Lexile® report in myON and wondered, “What is going wrong?” You’re not alone. If your students are using myON...

How Data and Reports Improve Student Engagement and Inform Reading Instruction

In a recent edWebinar, Alistair Van Moere, Ph.D., Chief Product Officer for MetaMetrics, went in depth on how data and reports can improve student...

3 Tips to Prevent Summer Slide

In a perfect world, any reference to a “slide” in the summer would be about having fun on playground or waterpark slides—not academic loss....

21st Century Funds Help Beat the Summer Slide and Accelerate Student Achievement

Summer learning has a positive impact on student academic success during the school year. Expanding learning opportunities for our students—during...

Entry Points to Using Authentic Reading Data for Student Assessment

Here’s a novel idea: let’s measure reading with...READING! As questions continue to pile up about the value of traditional standardized tests,...

Challenging and Motivating Kids to Read

Reading is so vital to our lives, not only because we need it to understand the world around us, but also because it’s something we can love....

Are You Getting the Most from Your Reading Campaign?

Competition can be a healthy and fun way to get students excited and engaged about something new, but it can also have its pitfalls, especially...

3 Things You Need to Know to Create a Student-Centered Library

With 227 schools, our district, Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is the eighth-largest school district in the nation. We are a melting...

Inspiring Students to Love Reading: Books Students Loved to Read on myON in 2017

How do we inspire students to love reading? If I had to pin it down to one answer, it would be “discovery.” Landing on the book that changes a...

3 Ways that Reading Choices Inspire Student Engagement

Studies continue to show what most intrinsically understand: that students who are engaged do better in school, and are more likely to graduate...

How Districts Use 21st-Century Community Learning Centers to Extend the School Day

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program is a crucial initiative in schools. It provides opportunities during non-school...

5 Tips for Teaching Students About Scary News

One of the most challenging responsibilities of teaching is explaining the evils of the world while protecting students from the emotional impact...

Teaching Media Literacy in the Classroom

Many teachers are hesitant to address media literacy in class. There are many legitimate challenges, such as lack of time, lack of appropriate...

3 Tips for Setting Media Literacy Goals for the Rest of the 2018 School Year

At the beginning of the school year, we provided some tips and tricks in this blog post to help maximize your literacy goals for the 2017–2018...

Happy New Year from myON! Here Are Our Most-Loved Posts of 2017

It’s hard to believe we’ve already wrapped up yet another incredible year of fostering a love for reading at myON. 2017 held many unforgettable...

Happy Holidays from myON!

From our myON family to yours, we wish you happy holidays. We hope you are able to spend time with those you love most, and have fun enjoying the...

3 Ways to Keep Students Reading Over Winter Break

Winter break is almost here! Students are anxiously awaiting their chance to sleep late, hang out with friends, and catch a break from homework....

Tips to be a Culturally Responsive Educator: Perspective #2

As part of myON’s recent blog series on education and English language learners (ELLs), we’ve asked several educators to provide tips on how to...

How Does Personalized Literacy Benefit Your Diverse Students?

As an educator who has worked in a variety of school settings, I have seen the positive impact of providing my students opportunities to make...

Digital Literacy: The New Pillar of a Child’s Education?

I was recently scanning my Instagram feed when a post from a colleague, Kristin Ziemke, stopped my fingers dead in their tracks…

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Happy Thanksgiving from myON!

In the crazy hustle and bustle of life, Thanksgiving gives us the perfect opportunity to slow down and reflect. This Thanksgiving, the myON team...

Are Your Reading Materials Culturally Appropriate for ELLs?

As a school library media specialist, I find keeping our school and classroom libraries relevant as our student demographics consistently change...

4 Ways News Articles Inspire Meaningful Lessons for ELLs

As our connection to the world becomes more global, so do the student demographics in our classrooms. Data shows that the number of English...

Evaluating News and Information: Helping Students Understand Personal Bias

For the last blog post in my three-part series on evaluating news and information, I want to discuss the importance of understanding personal bias...

5 Ways to be a Culturally Responsive Educator for Your ELL Population

“Why won’t he look at me when I talk to him?”

“Why does she dress that way?”

“Why won’t they just speak English?”

It is no...

Moving from Personalized Learning to Personalized Instruction

Personalized learning...wait, don’t go yet! The term has been put through the wringer in recent years with varying levels of accuracy and success...

Beyond Identifying Fake News: Helping Students Explore Media in A Deeper Way

In my last blog, Verify, Verify, Verify: An Essential Media Literacy Skill, I provided three tips to help students verify the information they are...

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
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...
Randi Narcomey-Watson
Randi Narcomey-Watson is a project manager for myON, and has collaborated with communities, school districts, families, and students to help promote...
Susannah Moran
Susannah Moran is the senior project manager for myON. Susannah began her career as a New York City English teacher and literacy specialist. She has...
Cindy Jackson
Cindy Jackson is a former educator with more than 10 years of teaching experience and a master’s degree in education. She is now an educational...
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director for the National Association for Media Literacy Education. She can be reached at...
Todd Brekhus
Todd Brekhus is president of myON and a former teacher, department chair, and technology director...
Tracy Cantrell
Tracy Cantrell is a gifted-language arts teacher at Snelson-Golden Middle School in Hinesville, Georgia.
Katherine Bush
Katherine Bush is a 4th-grade teacher at the Maury County School District in Colombia, Tennessee. She can be reached at...
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,...
Steven Rivera-Padilla
A Bilingual Education Paraprofessional with Hillsborough County Public Schools, Steven has spent years working with students from various countries...
Laura Healy
Laura Healy is Library Media Specialist in Randolph Township, NJ. She previously served as an Educational Consultant with myON where she worked with...
Caroline Marandino
Caroline Marandino is an educational consultant for myON. She has over a decade of experience as a former reading specialist and elementary classroom...
Ashlee Noland
Ashlee Noland is an Oklahoma native and an OU graduate (Boomer Sooner). She comes to myON with a successful development track record, which includes...
Elyse August
Elyse is Vice President of Services at myON. She has worked with educators, communities, families, and students across the nation to build...
Irene Castro
Irene Castro was a New York City educator for more than 20 years and has Masters degrees in Elementary Education and Literacy. As an Instructional...
Raul Trevino
Raul Trevino is the Executive Director of Leadership and Performance at the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District.
Christina Jordan
Christina Jordan worked as an educator for 28 years. She holds a BA in elementary education and a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis on...