Reading So Lit™

A web-based reading identity exploration and assessment platform

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Theoretical Framework

Culturally Responsive

Integrates the interests, knowledge, and lived experiences of diverse learners.

Social-emotional Learning

Invites students to explore their reading preferences and those of their peers.

Imaginative Play

Uses modeling and imaginative play to support equitable learning experiences.

Student Outcomes

  • Expands Vocabulary and World Knowledge
  • Increases Self/Social Awareness
  • Increases Reading Self-efficacy
  • Increases Reading Engagement
  • Increases Reading Motivation
  • Supports Reading Identity Development

An Innovative Reading Tool

(Available 2023-2024 School Year)

Reading So Lit™ is a web-based reading identity exploration and assessment platform for grades preK-5. It leverages multimedia teaching modules and strengths-based student self-assessments. This AI-enabled tool supports in-person or virtual learning and can be facilitated by classroom teachers, other child-serving professionals, and teen instructors. Reading So Lit has been implemented successfully during the school day and out-of-school time.

This innovative reading tool integrates Science of Reading research outlined in the Advanced Education Research and Development Fund’s 2022 concept paper, Reading Reimagined: A New Inclusive Research and Development Initiative,” which highlights how improvements in non-academic elements of reading (i.e. reading identity, self-efficacy, engagement, motivation) accelerate reading achievement among underserved and neurodiverse learners.

Helping preK-5 students explore, understand, and articulate their reading preferences increases self-awareness and social-awareness – two pillars of social-emotional learning. Reading So Lit generates actionable, strengths-based data about the reading content and conditions that students find personally meaningful, relevant, and engaging. This reading platform helps educators and administrators make student-centered decisions about content, instruction, and learning environments.