Bartlett City Schools, Tennessee

Bartlett City Schools, located in the Greater Memphis area in Tennessee, began using myON in January 2016 to expand digital resources to students in all six of their elementary schools.

“myON has really helped with the transition around technology and putting literature in front of the children,” said Dr. Lee-Ann Kight, Director of Teaching and Learning. “Trust in the program has transitioned into hours of student reading.”

Bartlett City Schools looked to their elementary librarians to drive the district’s myON implementation. Each month, the librarians meet to discuss concerns and successes. At one of the elementary schools, Ellendale, collaboration, between the librarian and art teacher made the myON implementation particularly successful. In fact, 16 students from Ellendale are among the top 25 in the district with the greatest Lexile® growth between August 2016 and February 2017.

Supporting staff in using myON, but not forcing usage, has been key. “We didn’t treat myON as a required piece, teachers came to it on their own,” explained Dr. Kight. “If it doesn’t go past compliance, you don’t touch the heart of the child or the teacher.” 

 

"The closer you can get to 24/7 access, especially with smartphones and mobile devices, the more you can increase equity for all of our students across the board."

Judging by Bartlett City Schools’ usage, myON has, indeed, touched the hearts of children and teachers. In just seven months, students have read 107,742 books on myON, which averages out to 31 books each.

Teachers use myON during group reading time, reading blocks, and in devoted time for RTI. Students are reading on myON outside of school, too. Kristy Ford, PK-5 ESL and Library Supervisor, believes since students have autonomy with their reading, they feel a sense of ownership and enjoy saving their titles within their accounts and tracking their reading growth on their dashboards.

“It’s their own little digital bookshelf,” Ford said. “The closer you can get to 24/7 access, especially with smartphones and mobile devices, the more you can increase equity for all of our students across the board.”

myON has really helped with the transition around technology and putting literature in front of the children.