Coahoma County School District, Mississippi

The Coahoma County School District, located in the rural Mississippi Delta, is a community of readers. And myON is helping educators increase student access and tap into students’ love of reading by making it more accessible, more convenient and more fun, according to Dr. Mario Keys, Director of Professional Development and Federal Programs.

“We are making great strides in academic achievement and student learning in the district,” he said. “We believe that reading is foundational to increasing learning and maximizing our students’ potential, so we are invested in making sure that they have the tools they need to succeed.”

The myON implementation officially launched in October 2015, coinciding with a one-to-one initiative. The rest-year focus has been on reinforcing and promoting reading among the 1,610 students PK-Grade 12.

Strong support from Superintendent Xandra Brooks-Keys and exceptional building level leadership from principals, coupled with professional development and consistent school and district level reading challenges that tap into a sense of competitiveness among students and staff, are among the best practices that have yielded strong early results. 

 

 "We believe that reading is foundational to increasing learning and maximizing our students’ potential, so we are invested in making sure that they have the tools they need to succeed."

By May of 2016, students collectively had read more than 90,500 books, and Dr. Keys feels they can easily read 100,000 books during the upcoming school year.

Many students have devices but not all have Internet access at home. So principals have established structured time to read online during the school day and the district is looking for ways to work with libraries and community centers to provide more access outside of school.

The fact that students also can read with myON offline is an important consideration for the district. “We really liked that aspect because we didn’t want any barriers to hinder students from excelling and reading,” Dr. Keys said.

Out of school reading is a high priority for summer, and the district is relying on parent engagement and community partnerships to support their summer reading challenge, keeping the fun in reading and helping kids stay motivated. “In addition to becoming a stronger community of readers, we are leading the way in our community-at-large, encouraging reading through our use of myON and our success with it,” added Dr. Keys.