National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) & myON Partner to Offer Literacy Solutions to U.S. School Districts

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With the growing need for more pathways to engage children in reading over the summer, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is excited to announce a strategic partnership with myON, a business unit of Capstone. This partnership will provide an opportunity for NSLA’s New Vision for Summer School (NVSS) districts—a network of school districts that serves 2 million students nationwide—to apply for a free summer subscription to myON reader, an innovative reading environment, to encourage reading and learning over the summer.

“The importance of providing young people with exciting and engaging ways to read during the summer months cannot be understated,” said NSLA’s Interim CEO Sarah Pitcock.

NSLA serves as a network hub for summer learning program providers and stakeholders across the country, providing tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation in programs that help to close the achievement gap. In 2009, NSLA launched the NVSS Network with the goal of transforming and repositioning the role and impact of summer school programs.

“The importance of providing young people with exciting and engaging ways to read during the summer months cannot be understated,” said NSLA’s Interim CEO Sarah Pitcock. “For low-income youth in particular, it is critical to create a seamless pathway of learning from school year to school year. We are thrilled that through our partnership with myON, thousands of students from NVSS districts will have access to skill-appropriate, engaging books to read over the summer. Just as importantly, school districts will have a powerful, research-based tool to track reading progress over the summer and start the 2014 school year empowered by data and results.”

With the addition of myON’s flagship product myON reader, NSLA is able to further its vision by providing NVSS districts with an innovative, personalized literacy solution that gives every student unlimited access to over 4,000 enhanced digital books with flexible supports that are matched to their interests and targeted reading levels, along with tools to track and measure their reading progress. NVSS districts will be able to provide their students access to myON reader either in a structured summer school program or for independent reading.

myON President Todd Brekhus explained, “Research tells us that giving kids access to books that they are interested in, at their level and within a digital environment in which they are more comfortable will increase their engagement, leading them to read more and in turn become better readers. Through our partnership with NSLA, we look forward to partnering with NVSS districts to provide students with the opportunity to include reading among the many other fun activities that are offered.”

About the National Summer Learning Association
The vision of the National Summer Learning Association is for every child to be safe, healthy, and engaged in learning during the summer. To realize that vision, our mission is to connect and equip schools, providers, communities, and families to deliver high-quality summer learning opportunities to our nation’s youth to help close the achievement gap and support healthy development.

About myON™
myON, a business unit of Capstone, develops personalized learning environments for students. As the flagship product, myON reader provides access to the largest integrated collection of enhanced digital books with multimedia supports and embedded Lexile assessments to measure reading growth. Using myON reader, students gain confidence in their abilities, take ownership in their reading growth, and achieve success across the curriculum. Since the platform launched in January 2011, more than 2 million students have logged on to read upwards of 4.25 million books.

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