Accelerating Literacy: Using Digital Tools to Elevate Student Choice and Voice

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Date & Time: Tuesday, May 7th at 2 pm ET

With post-pandemic reading scores at the lowest level in decades, boosting literacy quickly has become a priority for district leaders. An established body of research suggests that providing students with more reading choices is a highly effective way to help them rapidly become engaged, enthusiastic readers.  

Digital books and audiobooks can play a key role, empowering middle and high school learners with more choices of texts that match their interests, preferences, and reading levels.

In this 20-minute DA Ed Talk, the District Instructional Librarian for St. Vrain Valley Schools will share some actionable strategies for incorporating digital books and audiobooks into curriculum, elevating student choice, agency and voice, and quickly accelerating literacy across a school or district.

Topics will include: 

  • How providing students with more choices creates more engaged readers 
  • Curating a collection of diverse, age-appropriate digital books 
  • Strategies to incorporate digital books and audiobooks into curriculum 
  • Keys to rapidly accelerating literacy skills in students  


Helen Robbins, District Instructional Librarian, St. Vrain Valley Schools (Colo.)

Jenny Seiler, Secondary Language Arts Coordinator, St. Vrain Valley Schools

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