We are creating a world where everyone can advance through the doorway of literacy

Good things happen when teachers, education advocates, and technologists join together for a massively transformative purpose

Access

to the books students want to read and teachers want to teach

Engagement

through personalized libraries and
adaptive assessments

Motivation

with real-time data that fosters a
growth mindset

Mastery

students, classrooms, and school
districts exceeding literacy goals

One in nine adult Americans struggle with employment outcomes as well as personal and social well-being – all because of low literacy skills. LightSail is dedicated to turning students into readers who will become engaged global citizens in the 21st Century.

So, in 2012 we got a group of the brightest minds in education together to create the world’s best literacy solution. We knew a few key things from our experience in the classroom:

    • Students grow faster when engaged and challenged by an abundance of just right texts

    • Students are motivated by understanding their own progress data

    • Educators can do more with better progress monitoring

So we set to work crafting, testing, and perfecting the reading experience we wish we had in our own schools.

Today we are advancing literacy in schools all across the US, serving hundreds of thousands of students across nearly 500 districts.

Awards & Reviews
Edsurge and digital promise dilas
2014 Winner, Mindful Data
Forbes
10 Companies Revolutionizing Entrepreneurship
District Administration
Reader's Choice Top 100 Product, 2014
Common Sense Media
Top Picks, Back to School 2014
SXSW V2V
Winner 2013
Common Sense Media
Five-Star Review for 2015 & 2016 school years
EdSurge & Digital Promise DILAs
Winner, Mindful Data
ASU+GSV Summit
Winner, ROE VentureEd Award
REVERE Awards
Winner, Reading and Language Arts
Gates Literacy Courseware Challenge
Highest Honors
Bill Gates Personal Blog
Breakthrough Tool for Teachers
Tech & Learning
Best of ISTE
SIIA Ed Business Forum
Educators' Choice
CODiE Award
Finalist
SIIA Ed Business Forum
Most Likely to Succeed
Common Sense Graphite
5-Star Review
What’s happening at LightSail
EDTECH DIGEST: Everyday adventures of a PD coach

EdTech Digest recently published an article by LightSail’s Managing Director of Academics, Christina Magee, about a day in the life of a professional development coach. The piece walks through a typical day for LightSail coaches as they support schools through customized PD and, along the way, build relationships with students and teachers across the country. Read the […]

DIGITAL BOOK WORLD: A Digital Library That’s Changing The Way Kids Read

Digital Book World published a feature on LightSail and Antares Reading. The article outlined the benefits of LightSail, highlighting more time for meaningful teacher-student interaction, less enthusiastic students increasing their “reader behaviors,” and the effectiveness of digital technology in personalized learning. The piece also reviewed the importance of giving lower level readers access to quality texts on digital devices, […]

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION: Use the news to teach reading comprehension

In a recent article, District Administration explored  how teachers are leveraging students’ interest in current events to build higher-level reading and writing skills. LightSail teacher Becky Camhi of Middle School 322 in New York City, NY, was featured in the piece. She was quoted: “We’re teaching [students] how to be good readers but also to […]

Lightsail is accelerating literacy across the country

Learn more about how other districts are using the LightSail formula to help schools and teachers offer truly differentiated literacy programs that create students who love to read.