Greenville Schools, Tennessee

Getting boys in Greeneville City Schools excited about reading had been a bit of a challenge for Danience McAmis, librarian at the district’s Eastview Elementary School. But, in 2010, when the school started using myON, McAmis saw reading rates change almost overnight.

“The boys were engaged in a way that they hadn’t been before,” McAmis said. “Having boys continually ask me ‘Can we do myON today’, I knew something had clicked with them; they’re really interested in it.”

“myON has filled a big gap for the elementary-school-aged boys with its continually updated selection of nonfiction, science books, and fiction books with just the right amount of creepiness to pique boys’ interests in reading more,” McAmis said. That reading surge has remained consistent over the past four years and has played a role in the elementary school’s #17 ranking on Tennessee’s list of top-achieving schools.

But the interest in myON isn’t limited to boys, nor just to Eastview. Throughout this nearly 3,000-student district in northeastern Tennessee, reading rates have risen exponentially with the use of myON. The district’s goal is to continually increase the number of students reading on grade level by third grade and myON is helping them get there.

 

 "myON has filled a big gap for the elementary-school-aged boys with its continually updated selection of nonfiction, science books, and fiction books with just the right amount of creepiness to pique boys’ interests in reading more."

According to Suzanne Bryant, assistant director of schools, myON’s read-aloud and highlighting features help students who are struggling with reading to improve and feel more confident. Meanwhile, the vast collection of books is able to satisfy the district’s voracious readers.

There is also a strong cross-curricular component that has allowed teachers to make fluid connections between subjects such as science and English language art. For example, when a fourth-grade teacher was doing a unit on animal skills, she was able to use the Max Axiom series of graphic novels to integrate science topics.

As a librarian, McAmis’ favorite part of myON is the selection of books.

“It gives the kids something that I can’t give them and I’m now able to reach every reader with the same book and the same topic and that makes a tremendous difference for them and for me,” she explained.