Every day I see students who have lost faith in themselves, but I also let them know that I believe in them. That is where their journey begins. Reading Specialist Katherine York works with students at Walt Whitman Middle School in Fairfax, Virginia, and sees a lot of variation in the reading levels of her students...including teenagers who have never read an entire book before. Click on this link to listen to a conversation between Mrs. York and eighth-grader Tristan: thanks to her encouragement, Kwame Alexander’s great writing, and Learning Ally’s audiobooks (including our volunteers’ dedication to the art of narration), Tristan has just completed his first book ever...and plans to read more! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ThvNahjH4sxXvITIQXEhtRZP5KqmuV5o/view?ts=5ce408da Mrs. York recently wrote a blog post for Learning Ally, discussing the challenges many students face that prevent them from achieving reading fluency, and what she is doing to improve their chances of success; click here to read what she has to say: https://learningally.org/Solutions-for-School/Educator-Blog/keeping-it-100-for-my-struggling-readers Metrics Update for this week: Our readers increased to 205,005 We had 44,421 reading at frequency* We’ve had over 135 million pages read--an increase of 67% over last year for school readers! What a great way to start Memorial Day weekend--thanks, everyone! *at frequency = students are reading books multiple times during the school year, with a general target of thirty times (more for lower grades, less for upper grades). Our data shows that most of these students read for at least 20 minutes each time.