"Research tells us if we can get a book into a child’s hand and get them reading for just 14 minutes a day, their performance on standardized tests vastly improves" said Neil Jaffe, President of Booksource.
St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) November 24, 2014
According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 35% of 4th graders are reading at or above a proficient level. Booksource™, a company specializing in helping teachers build effective classroom libraries, is determined to change that.
In 2011, Booksource™ launched a free online software product named Classroom Organizer. The purpose was simple; to help teachers inventory and organize their classroom libraries so they could better track student reading progress. In just three short years the software has been a huge success and has generated some impressive numbers. 15,000,000 books—sitting on classroom shelves across the globe—have been cataloged by 100,000+ teachers. To date, 1,000,000 students have been entered into the system. Booksource™ would like to see those numbers triple.
“Research tells us if we can get a book into a child’s hand and get them reading for just 14 minutes a day, their performance on standardized tests vastly improves," said Neil Jaffe, President of Booksource™. “Our hope is that by giving our teachers the tools they need, we can help set every child on a path for success in the future.”
The software does so much more than just organization. It allows teachers to easily check books in and out with students. Each student then has an electronic record that helps teachers track reading progress. It also connects teachers across the world by recommending books and popular titles in other districts, states and even countries.
“The reason it works,” Jaffe said, “is because these teachers have a lot of amazing books sitting in their classrooms and the software allows them to get an accurate picture of how to effectively utilize and grow their classroom libraries.”
Teacher accolades have come pouring in from around the country; “There is no better way to get books into the hands of your readers.” – “Classroom Organizer has revolutionized the way I check out books to my students.” – I can’t imagine classroom life without it.” – It is a lifesaver to my classroom library.” – I love, love, love this program!”
Classroom Organizer is free to all teachers. They can set up their account at http://www.booksource.com. Simply click on the Classroom Organizer link and create an account.