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Reading Tools to the Rescue: Solutions for Learning on Couches and in Classrooms

Thursday, August 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Reading Tools to the Rescue

Presented by Christine Jones, MBA, Associate Director, Global Literacy, Bookshare, a Benetech Initiative; and Miranda Doyle, District Teacher-Librarian, Lake Oswego School District, Oregon
Hosted by Lara Rondberg, Associate Relationship Manager, Bookshare, a Benetech Initiative

Sponsored by Bookshare, a Benetech Initiative

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Reading is a critical part of learning. Students who struggle with reading often require additional reading supports and accommodations that many currently available, widely used edtech tools can provide. With the shift to e-learning and blended learning, these supports become even more critical to ensure that struggling readers don’t grow further behind. As you prepare for back to school and continued online learning, you will need to identify effective and scalable ways to provide the individualized supports and learning opportunities that struggling readers need.

In this recorded edWebinar, you’ll experience demonstrations of various free and low-cost tools that support anywhere, anytime reading for students of all abilities, whether they are learning in the classroom or on couches. You’ll come away with a list of readily available reading resources you can start using immediately.

This recorded edWebinar will be of benefit to K-12 SPED and general education teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.


Christine JonesAbout the Presenters

Christine Jones currently leads the literacy-related outreach and support efforts at Benetech, a nonprofit that empowers communities with software for social good and the producer of Bookshare ( She has nearly three decades of experience in nonprofit program management, education, and technology marketing. Christine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix. In addition, she is a Leading Edge Certified Professional Learning Leader and a Certified Nonprofit Executive Director.


Miranda DoyleMiranda Doyle is one of two District Librarians for Lake Oswego, a suburb of Portland, OR. Miranda helps students and staff with assistive technology questions, selects books, teaches information literacy, and provides training for all on technology tools. Miranda is also the Intellectual Freedom Chair for the Oregon Association of School Libraries. She usually spends her summer vacations traveling (Chile and Bolivia last year, Alaska and Cuba the summer before), but this year she’s kayaking and social distancing instead.


Lara RondbergAbout the Host

Lara Rondberg, Associate Relationship Manager for Benetech’s Global Literacy Program, supports efforts to expand Bookshare in K-12 and other settings. Lara has a passion for leveraging technology to help people with disabilities increase knowledge, skills, and independence and has worked on a variety of public health and educational programs for both the federal government and national non-profit organizations including United Cerebral Palsy and The Arc of the U.S. in Washington D.C.


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BookshareBookshare is a FREE online library that makes reading easier for struggling readers. Bookshare members can access 900,000+ ebooks in audio, audio + highlighted text, braille, and large font and can customize their experience to fit their learning style. Bookshare is FREE for U.S. schools and students with qualifying disabilities



Thursday, August 27, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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