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December 4, 2017

The Captain Underpants Challenge: 460 students, one week, two million words

As the story goes, it was the sound of snapping fingers that turned an ordinary school principal, Benny Krupp, into superhero Captain Underpants.1 But in Lakewood, Washington, it was the unusual quiet of 460 elementary students reading hundreds of library […]
November 28, 2017

At the NYC intersection of philanthropy, schools, and reading: 50,000 students benefit

William Ruane knew a thing or two about investing. A $10,000 initial investment in the Sequoia Fund that he co-founded in 1970 would be worth more than $4 million today. Under his cooperative management, the Sequoia Fund became one of […]
October 31, 2017

K–8 assessments help Montana district drive college/career readiness

For college-bound high school seniors, weak test scores in the spring can mean remedial courses on campus in the fall. How big a deal could that be? As it turns out, huge. An academic counselor at Helena College in Montana […]
October 11, 2017

Colorado K–6 charter school consistently performs above district average

It was 1917 when students first walked through the doors of a little red brick schoolhouse in Lamar, Colorado. Today, that same structure welcomes a fifth generation of students to the Alta Vista Charter School, a K–6 elementary school with […]
August 16, 2017

Reading and growing their way to top honors as Mississippi’s #1 elementary school

Davis IB Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi has recently been ranked as Mississippi’s top elementary school.1 For five years and counting, the school has achieved an A grade in the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) accountability ratings. The state superintendent […]
August 11, 2017

Reading culture ignites at Wisconsin middle school

At the year-end awards day last spring, Mineral Point Middle School students who reached their Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360® goals formed an impressive line of nearly 100 that stretched the length of the gym. Students from all achievement levels came […]