How CommonLit Is Changing the Way Underprivileged Students Learn to Read With Technology

This edition of the Business of Giving features Michelle Brown, founder and CEO of the nonprofit CommonLit. While working with Teach for America in rural Mississippi, she realized the seventh grade class lacked simple resources like books. CommonLit’s high-tech literacy digital platform helps middle-school and high-school students improve their reading skills based on scientific research.

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When Michelle Brown walked into a Mississippi Delta 7th grade classroom to teach English/language arts in 2009, she was shocked to discover that there were no books and also no "institutional knowledge" because of high educator turnover. Two years later, she moved to Boston, where she taught 7th grade reading at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, a public school, and "they had everything I didn't have in Mississippi," she said. "I saw how a good curriculum makes such a difference for kids."

Helping CommonLit expand free literacy resources for teachers October 5, 2018
Since 2005, has given more than $250 million toward education with over $60 million going directly to nonprofits that serve teachers, and we’re proud to continue building on this commitment. Today, in honor of World Teachers’ Day, we’re announcing a $3.5 million grant to CommonLit to help expand their free, literacy resources to more teachers around the globe.

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By the end of 2018, Brown hopes to serve 8 million teachers and students, with ambitions of helping 20 million by 2020. “My dream is for every child to feel empowered, so they can see themselves in what they read and believe they can shape our world.” It may have sprung out of a small classroom in Mississippi, but this is a big dream we hope comes true.

CommonLit Poetry

Engage Their Minds April 16, 2018
Since it is National Poetry Month, I thought I would remind you of CommonLit, which does have quite a few poetry offerings. Because CommonLit is a nonprofit organization, it promises that its resources will always be free for teachers. Take advantage of this site to encourage deeper reading, discussion, and connections.

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