Painesville City Local School District, Ohio

Painesville City Local Schools, where approximately 45% of households are Spanish-speaking, has the largest population of non-native English speakers in Ohio. Four years ago, the district’s English Language Department chose myON to support ELL students. Today myON is district-wide in K-5 and is an important part of each student’s literacy block.

“myON fits with our philosophy because it allows students to choose based upon their interests—and to change their interests for both fiction and non-fiction—with the guidance of their Lexile® levels,” explained Wendy Camper, Director of Teaching and Learning. “The fact that books can be read aloud to them is especially important for children who don’t have this opportunity at home. The books and platform are visually beautiful. Spanish titles enable ELL students to engage with literature in their native language and English titles help with their English immersion.” 

 "Spanish titles enable ELL students to engage with literature in their native language and English titles help with their English immersion." 

As the myON facilitator in the district, Camper—who is also certified in technology integration—coordinates PD. Following initial implementation sessions, faculty and staff continue to use myON’s online modules, videos and other resources to support their implementation. Camper pushes myON information and updates to the district’s technology coach, who supports teachers.

Data from myON is a valuable tool for educators on many levels, including teacher evaluation. “Within the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, 50% of a teacher’s evaluation is based upon a Student Growth Measure,” Camper said. “Teachers typically monitor guided reading levels, but for the older students in grades 4 and 5 who exceed the expectations of the Fountas and Pinnell tool used, teachers turn to student Lexile® levels in myON to monitor those students.

Funding for myON previously came from Title monies, but in the current school year, renewal costs are covered by the general fund and dollars contributed by building principals from their curriculum materials budgets. “Looking ahead, the next layer of work with myON will be integration into the content areas, particularly as the district revamps science and social studies curricula,” Camper said. “We’re not buying textbooks anymore.”