EPS/School Specialty Leverages Power of Tablets to Support Reading Intervention With 120 New Books

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S.P.I.R.E.® Illustrated Decodable Readers Coming Soon for iPad®, Kindle and NOOK®

EPS, a division of School Specialty, launched its first eBooks for reading intervention today at the Virtual Schools Symposium in New Orleans. All 120 Illustrated Decodable Readers in its S.P.I.R.E.® (Specialized Program Individualizing Reading Excellence) reading intervention program will be available December 2012 for use on iPad®, Kindle and NOOK®.

S.P.I.R.E. is a comprehensive and multisensory reading intervention program that integrates phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, spelling and comprehension in a 10-step lesson plan especially designed for struggling readers. S.P.I.R.E. has been used throughout the country with great success by thousands of students who need a direct, systematic and sequential approach to reading. Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, S.P.I.R.E. is now in its third edition, which incorporates the most recent research regarding best practices in reading and language arts instruction. The program incorporates many opportunities for practice, ensuring students experience continuous and visible success.

The program’s Illustrated Decodable Readers will soon be available as eBooks, providing students with a new and engaging practice opportunity. The books’ captivating topics and illustrations will appeal to young and reluctant readers. Books increase in difficulty, so there is a wide variety of challenge within the series. Both teachers and parents will find S.P.I.R.E. eBooks fit easily into their children’s daily routines, either at school as part of independent reading or fluency practice, and at home where parents and their children can read the books together. To assist teachers and parents, each title includes lists of target phonic concepts and sight words, as well as phonics skills the students may already know.

“Research has long demonstrated that the key to improving student reading ability is to provide access to a wide variety of interesting and engaging books and allow students to make personal choices about what they want to read,” said Rick Holden, President, EPS Literacy and Intervention, a division of School Specialty. “With today’s launch of our first eBooks for struggling readers, teachers can now leverage the power of tablets to help students practice their reading skills anywhere, anytime.”

To find out more about S.P.I.R.E., visit eps.schoolspecialty.com/SPIRE.

With more than 50 years of experience in working with districts across the country to implement reading and math intervention programs, EPS offers research-based Response to Intervention solutions that are proven effective with a wide range of struggling students, including those in Tiers 1, 2 and 3, in Special Education, and English Language Learners.

About School Specialty, Inc.
School Specialty is a leading education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn. The company designs, develops and provides pre-K-12 educators with the latest and very best curriculum, supplemental learning resources and school supplies. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential.

Accelerated Learning’s major products include: Wordly Wise 3000®, Academy of READING®, MCI, S.P.I.R.E.®, Path Driver for Reading™, Path Driver for Math™, Premier™ Agenda, Delta Education™, FOSS®, CPO Science™, Frey Scientific®, Think Math!™, and SPARK™. Educational Resources proprietary brands include: Education Essentials®, Sportime®, Childcraft®, Sax® Arts & Crafts, Califone®, abc®, Abilitations®, School Smart®, Classroom Select™ and Projects by Design®.

For more information about EPS, a division of School Specialty, visit eps.schoolspecialty.com or http://www.schoolspecialty.com.

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