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Featured Teacher: Melissa Rice, Floyd B. Watson Elementary School
Melissa Rice remembers when most of her time and energy during the reading period was spent matching her 5th graders to the right book. “It used to be an arduous… Read more
Check It Out: Top 10 Titles for Thanksgiving
The Check It Out series highlights the most popular texts on LightSail, around a specific monthly theme or topic, based on our user data. Every month we’ll share which books… Read more
Keep Rolling! Explore LightSail’s Latest Features
LightSail’s product team strives to create an intuitive and delightful experience to engage students and support teachers. They are committed to creating an app which allows every user to discover… Read more
It’s Up to Us: 4 Ways Adults Can Influence the Reading Lives of Kids
by Mitch Center, former Assistant Superintendent for Newark Public Schools Young readers of every age are undeniably influenced by the adults in their lives: whether you’re a parent, teacher, uncle,… Read more
Check It Out: Top 15 Spooky Titles on LightSail
The Check It Out series highlights the most popular texts on LightSail based on our user data. Every month we’ll share which books LightSail readers can’t stop checking out. These… Read more
4 Ways Diagnostics Can Tell You Even More About Your Students
Christina Peña is a LightSail Instructional Coach. Her former students will attest that Christina loves data, class competitions, and Google Spreadsheets almost as much as she loves shoes (high heels… Read more
Four Standout Features in LightSail Version 4
LightSail’s product team strives to create an intuitive and delightful experience to engage students and support teachers. They are committed to creating an app which allows every user to discover… Read more
Featured Teacher: Arielle Walker, Denver Public Schools
Like most students, Arielle Walker’s technology-loving 4th graders were thrilled to start using iPads a few times a week during independent reading. Walker, who teaches at Barnum Elementary School in… Read more
Digital Reading Platforms Offer New Opportunities for Educators
by Mitch Center, former Assistant Superintendent for Newark Public Schools Since the time of one-room schoolhouses, and likely before that, educators at all levels have been hard pressed to know… Read more
Fostering 21st Century Readers
by Bonnie D. Houck, Ed.D. What does it mean to be a reader in the 21st century? Many studies indicate that reading print offers increased metacognition and comprehension over online… Read more
Featured Teacher: Laurie Guyon, Schuylerville Central School District
“IT’S BEEN EYE-OPENING TO SEE WHAT STUDENTS AT EVERY LEVEL ARE REALLY CAPABLE OF” Like many ELA classrooms around the country, Laurie Guyon’s 6th grade class has a variety of… Read more
Summer School Sets the Stage for Success
Find out how one New York City student discovered himself as a reader during an unexpected time in the school year. Jay* was an intrinsically bright student whose lack of… Read more
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