Tamora McConnell has seen the detrimental effects of America’s literary crisis up close. The longtime educator spent over a decade in the public school system of Jackson, Mississippi—as a teacher and assistant principal, as a curriculum lead for the English language arts, and now as an interventionist working with struggling students. On the flip side, she’s also seen the monumental impact a research-proven approach—backed by science, like ReadWorks—can have on student achievement. “I always say ReadWorks is my Beyoncé,” says McConnell, who has a doctorate in education. “It’s a game-changer.”
Learn more in our one-on-one with McConnell, including how you can help your child read better at home. Plus, in honor of National Back-to-School Prep Day, she shares top tips on how to get your kids back into an academic state of mind. We’re also doubling our donations all day long, so every online order will give back even more to ReadWorks and this great cause.
How have you used ReadWorks in your classrooms?
What makes it so effective?
Could you share any anecdotes about its impact?
Advice to parents on how to help kids at home with their reading skills?
What can parents do if they think a disability like dyslexia or ADHD is impacting their child's reading?
Advice for parents as we near the back-to-school season?
2. Take the time to go to all the open houses and back-to-school events. Don’t just ask questions; listen!
3. Build a rapport with your teachers. Check in to see what they need, not just at the beginning of the school year but throughout the semester. Because back-to-school is like having a baby. Everyone is there at the shower, but then eight months later, all the support and gifts have disappeared.