The Summit School Earns Recognition in Read Live School of the Year Award Program

Mon. 05/20/2019

Edgewater, MD (May 2019) – Read Naturally is a research-proven intervention designed to help improve reading proficiency. Read Naturally announced the winners of its 2019 Read Live School of the Year Award recognizing schools whose students have substantially improved their reading skills using the Read Live program. Summit was recognized as this year’s School of the Year Runner Up.  Each winner demonstrated:

  • The school’s commitment to using Read Live with fidelity.
  • Students’ growth in reading proficiency.
  • Positive changes in student attitudes and motivation.

Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, Executive Director of The Summit School, explains that many students who attend The Summit School come with the diagnosis of dyslexia and other learning differences. These are bright children, who learn differently, many of whom have not been successful in traditional classroom settings.  They come to The Summit School to build their academic skills and self-confidence and then go on to be successful in high school, college and beyond. Dr. McCarthy said, “Summit has tried a number of methodologies to improve our students’ reading fluency and application of phonics skills to text. Read Naturally augments The Summit School’s very systematic, explicit instruction of phonics. It helps students put knowledge into practice. I’m convinced we should use Read Naturally to help with fluency.”

The Summit School has been using Read Naturally programs since 2010 and began using Read Naturally Live in 2017. Read Naturally Live is a web-based, interactive version of the Read Naturally product. Students, teachers and parents are all requesting to use Read Naturally Live, especially after an informal Summit School study conducted during the school year. The study showed students using Read Naturally Live had remarkable growth rates in oral fluency and vocabulary, so remarkable that the program was immediately extended to all Summit students.

Here’s what those in the Summit community had to say:

  • Christopher, 8th grade: Read Naturally Live helps with my accuracy which helps with my comprehension.
  • Sanaa, 6th grade: It’s helping me read better. I’m still working but I know I am going to get there.
  • Megan, Instructor: The kids like to set goals for themselves. It’s been really great to watch them realize what they are capable of doing.
  • Demetrius, 3rd grade: I don’t get as many words wrong and I don’t have to sound out as many words either.
  • Andrea, Instructor: Almost immediately there was greater confidence and participation in the classroom.
  • Choyce, parent: Fluency went up, speed went up, but the most important thing I’ve seen is the growth in my son’s self-confidence.
  • Austin, 4th grade: It improved my reading.
  • Nick and Michael, 6th grade: We love to read!

As School of the Year Runner Up, The Summit School was awarded a small prize which will be re-invested into the program.

About The Summit School – The Summit School was founded to serve children, grades 1-8, with dyslexia and other learning differences. The Summit School has an incredible record of helping children become successful learners. The core of Summit’s program incorporates: highly trained teachers, evidence-based instruction, hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments and small class sizes. For more information about The Summit School and Summit Resource Center please visit www.thesummitschool.org.

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