National Geographic Learning Inspires Students and Improves Reading Skills with Reach for Reading Program

Common Core reading program from Cengage Learning’s NGL posts growth in adoptions and efficacy in the K-5 reading market

Boston, MA – December 17, 2014 – Students are improving reading and comprehension skills by engaging with the authentic, multicultural literature featured throughout the Reach for Reading program from National Geographic Learning (NGL). The company today announced a series of significant new adoptions for the 2014-2015 school year in 14 school districts across Arizona, Oregon and Massachusetts – including Lake Oswego, Oregon and Somerton, Arizona.

The Reach for Reading program exposes students to reading with content and imagery from National Geographic’s vast library of multimedia and narratives from world-renowned explorers – leading to more engaging learning experiences. The program was designed to instill the passion for reading in all content areas, inspiring students through authentic multi-cultural literature, amazing visuals and compelling topics that bring learning to life. Reach for Reading includes a balance of print and digital resources, including the award-winning myNGconnect, to maximize learning and is flexible to meet the varying needs of every student.

“Since its launch less than two years ago, districts using the Reach for Reading program are already seeing positive results and real progress for students. For example, Logansport, Indiana, a Reach for Reading district, posted the highest English/Language Arts test score gains in its county – this is significant,” said Vincent Grosso, senior vice president, National Geographic Learning. “Our digital and print products, including Reach for Reading, are designed to engage and motivate students to achieve their individual potential and goals. We look forward to growing with current users and partnering with additional school districts, as we work together to achieve a common goal – to improve reading and turn learners into thinkers.”

Michele Starkey, Superintendent of Logansport Community School Corporation, said, “We are continuing our focus on English and Language Arts throughout all grades and hope to continue to post gains each year. Reading is the key to mastery in all other subjects, and we are pleased with the progress we have seen in our students since the implementation of NGL’s Reach for Reading.”

The Reach for Reading program was built around Common Core State Standards, which were implemented as a way to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students across the country are expected to learn and were designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that young people need for success in college and careers. Reach for Reading goes above and beyond simple compliance with these standards and thoroughly applies the shifts of the Common Core to the program.

For more information on Reach for Reading, and all other programs offered by National Geographic Learning, please visit ngl.cengage.com.

About Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning, is a provider of quality core and supplemental educational materials for the PreK‐12, adult education and ELT markets. Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning distribute a variety of content from the National Geographic Society to the academic and library markets worldwide. www.cengage.com www.ngl.cengage.com