Reach for Reading Common Core Reading Program from National Geographic Learning Now Approved for Use in K-5 Florida Classrooms

Monterey, CA – May 15, 2013 – National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of Cengage Learning and a provider of quality educational materials for the PreK‐12, higher education, adult education and ELT markets, today announced that their Reach for Reading product has been approved by the state of Florida in the Comprehensive CORE Reading Program category.

“We are so pleased that this program has been approved by the State of Florida for comprehensive CORE reading,” said Vincent Grosso, vice president, National Geographic Learning. “This program goes above and beyond simple Common Core compliance and features a mix of literary and informational texts. Due to an exclusive agreement with the National Geographic Society, we are the only company that can integrate the world’s most visual and engaging informational multimedia directly into our learning materials. We are helping to bring the world into Florida classrooms using vivid pictures and videos, real-world stories from National Geographic Explorers and interactive content via  We hope that Florida school districts will recognize the immense value that this program presents and choose to adopt Reach for Reading for use in local schools.”

The Reach for Reading program features multicultural literature paired with exclusive content from National Geographic and real-world accounts from famous National Geographic Explorers. The program was constructed by a team of industry-leading authors, including Nancy Frey, Patricia Edwards and Deborah Short, among others, and was built around Common Core Standards. Reach for Reading goes above and beyond simple compliance of the standards and thoroughly applies the shifts of the Common Core to the program. It is built on three basic principles that will help each classroom to achieve reading success – Common Core State Standards; National Geographic Content; and Content-based Instruction.

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About Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, software and services company, empowering educators and driving learner engagement through personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning, is a provider of quality core and supplemental educational materials for the PreK‐12, higher education and adult education markets. Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning also distribute a variety of content from the National Geographic Society, including images, maps, videos and articles, to the academic and library markets worldwide. For more information, visit