Read to Lead, a free award-winning supplemental reading program from Classroom, Inc., is designed to increase literacy, leadership, and 21st-century skills. This research-based program embeds social–emotional learning throughout its modules by developing students’ decision-making, empathy, and goal-setting abilities, all while increasing their reading skills. The program is designed for students in grades 5–9, with all lessons aligned to both Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards. The three modules in Read to Lead engage students in exploring public service, medical, and journalism careers, with differentiation tools to support students with special needs. In role-playing activities, students act as “bosses” of the business and see the consequences of their actions in real-world work scenarios. Each module targets a specific Lexile reading range, so students can complete activities best suited to their reading needs. In addition, the program provides auditory captioning of all text. A one-minute YouTube video demonstrates the program in action.
DonorsChoose has launched #ISeeMe, a campaign aimed at boosting the amount of culturally responsive materials in US classrooms. These include books written by authors of color or other resources featuring figures from diverse backgrounds.
The digital collection of the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature currently holds more than 6,000 books free to read online from cover to cover, allowing readers to get a sense of what adults in the UK and the US wanted children to know and believe in the 1800s.