LEARNING DIFFERENCES

 

OUR PROGRAMMES

LEARNING DIFFERENCES

OUR PARTNERS

LEARNING ALLY

FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • The number of students reading Learning Ally audiobooks has grown 183% from 2013-2016.

  • Over 80% of educators agreed that Learning Ally helps students comprehend grade-level assigned reading.

 

 

AWARD DETAILS

For information about this grant, please visit our Grant Database.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1. Strengthen teacher capacity

2. Engage students

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

- Universal Design for Learning

- 1 in 5

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Website resources for parents

 

Website resources for young people with Dyslexia

 

Membership

 

Webinars

 

Webinars

 

Report

 

Toolkit

CONNECT WITH US

 

Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Cindi Walsh

Position:

Email: cwalsh@learningally.org

 

 

Website & social media links

“My son quickly went from having daily meltdowns about reading and homework to racing home after school to ‘ear read’ yet another book! Not only did it boost his confidence in reading (and in school overall), he was able to read what his peers were reading, and most importantly, he started loving school again.”

– Heather Hardeman,

parent and co-founder Dyslexia Parent Network

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

Oak’s support enabled our organization to improve both the quality and expansion of services creating student-centric solutions that are proven to advance academic success. In addition to providing access to content, Learning Ally improved its learning tools and platforms, ensuring that parents and educators are better equipped to effectively support students by encouraging, tracking and reinforcing reading behaviours of students who struggle to read and learn differently.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

The most interesting challenge facing our partners centers around our efforts at Compass Academy to simultaneously achieve and drive outcomes in student achievement, social emotional development and bi-literacy. Not only is Compass Academy a new endeavor that requires rapid learning and improvement, but we are also trying to do something different and dynamic in education — instill in students, teachers, staff, and families the core Learner & Leader competencies that enable success in today’s rapidly changing world. There is no existing blueprint for how to get this right, which means we must be vigilant in documenting what we learn so that, in the long-term, we create a plan that benefits and inspires others in our community and the field.

 

 

Learning Ally, Inc. is a national organisation with the mission to promote personal achievement when reading and access are barriers to learning. Its grant is fostering student success through its support of a “Learning to Read” program that provides free information, support and tools to parents and educators, and resources, programs and peer mentors for struggling readers in grades K-5.

Sharing digital toolkits that benefit parents and mentors of struggling young readers

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

Learning Ally’s vision is for all people to have equal opportunities to learn. Formerly known as Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), the organization provides students with print-related differences access to coursework through the world’s largest collection of human-narrated digital audiobooks. Technology improvements enable members to access its 82,000 audiobook library on all mainstream devices through LINK, our audiobook reader. In addition, the organization provides holistic support services that are more student-centric. Learning Ally’s formula of support includes tools that help these children learn within inclusive educational settings, provides student empowerment, access to peer mentors, educational and community outreach and partnerships, and a web-based management tool called Teacher Ally that allows teachers to individualize student instruction, gain insights on their progress and share reports with parents and other stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With Oak’s support, Learning Ally is putting the people, processes and technologies in place to focus on student-centric education solutions to assist parents and teachers of struggling readers. Over the past two years, Learning Ally created an online curriculum, a base of highly engaging audiobooks for young readers, and in-person and online community support programs for guidance in navigating the educational challenges of struggling readers. It has also built technology platforms that collect data around reading behaviours, enabling the organisation to deepen its understanding of how members engage and demonstrate reading habits tied to academic achievement. Student-to-student and group mentoring has become part of its Youth Services program. To increase support of and better engage urban student populations, it is developing a mentoring curriculum and youth services program to be incorporated within the classroom or school environment.

 

 

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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