The Middle School that Reads

How do you get your school reading, including your most reluctant readers?

Ask Erin O'Leary and Mary Cotillo, two educators from Horace Mann Middle School. Together, they have helped their school, including students with learning disabilities, to become the school that reads. 

How do you become a better swimmer? You swim. How do you get better at free throws? Shoot lots of free throws. Same goes for reading. It’s easy to get caught up in the next-best reading program, but the best way to improve students’ reading (and writing) abilities is to let them read. This is where Bookshare comes in. By providing audio support, Bookshare alleviates the decoding task so students can focus on visualizing, connecting, and keeping track of what’s going on in the story. Then their confidence increases because they’ve understood and been able to talk about it in class. Once they’ve got a few books under their belt, some of those kids are right up at grade level. 

Learn about who qualifies for Bookshare and sign up today!