Within Highline Public Schools in Burien, myON is a staple for all 18 elementary and four middle schools, as well as among high school students who are part of the district’s successful implementation. The goal at launch was to support literacy instruction. Now in their third year, an expansion into the content areas is underway.
“Students are excited to read with myON, especially reluctant readers,” explained Adrienne Wiley, Elementary Literacy Specialist. “They like the novelty of using technology and are very excited to see the range of choices that are available. myON expands the classroom library by thousands of books, and is part of a diet of books available to our students.”
From the beginning, families were engaged. Ongoing communication with parents of school-aged students takes place at open house events, during literacy nights and parent conferences. A special Pre-K Friends and Family Account, set for families with young children to foster excitement about reading, is supported by the Early Learning Department through alliances with private preschools and Head Start Programs.