Our Mission:

Serve. Teach. Provide.

At United Readers of America, we believe that every child deserves to get the resources they need to be a successful reader. We’ve designed our program to meet the needs of every child through one-on-one tutoring. And, through our partnerships we are working to make this tutoring available to every student in need.

 
 
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About Us

Learning to read isn’t easy for every child. And when a child falls behind in reading, not only is there an academic gap to close, but also an emotional one.

United Readers of America, in partnership with the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, are taking this on with one-on-one tutoring in the schools. We use a method of teaching that is proven to solve even the most difficult reading disabilities. Children with dyslexia, those learning a second language, and children from socio-economic difficulties are not able to keep up with their peers in the classroom. Research has shown early, effective instruction can prevent academic casualties.

We are bringing our skills to two schools in the Columbus, OH area and hope to provide reading tutoring services to more than 60 children this upcoming academic year, but we need the help of every day people like you. Join our team and help us make the change!

 

Our Program

While our approach is specialized and individualized for each child, much of our core platform is Orton-Gillingham based- a clinically proven intervention to help students of all ages by providing foundational building blocks to develop reading and spelling skills. We utilize direct, systematic multi-sensory approaches to teach phonics and help students engage with the material. The program is completely customized for each child’s needs and pace of learning.

     We have designed our tutoring and testing program to follow best practices and an evidence based approach so we can offer the most opportunity for each child to learn and achieve their highest potential.

 
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Our Impact

23%

More growth than the average student.

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Using structured literacy, the average student increased their scores by 0.89 grade levels compared to the 0.66 grade levels accomplished by an average student during the same time frame.

 

6+

Reading benchmarks reached in 6 months.

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Students are expected to improve three to five benchmark levels within one year.  Our students averaged more than six benchmark levels within six months. (Scores were measured by the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System.)

 
 

40%

Higher increase in reading grade levels for students with risk factors.

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Risk factors decrease a student’s ability to learn in a typical classroom by 10% per risk factor. Of the three main risk factors for reading failure (ESL, poverty, and dyslexia), seven students had one risk factor, five had two risk factors, and two had three risk factors. In a typical classroom, these students would be expected to grow less than the average student. However, when these students were taught using the U.R.A. Reader program, their growth over a 6-month period was much higher.

 
 
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Reaching Every Student

At United Readers of America, we believe that every child deserves access to the one-on-one tutoring they need to succeed. Many students who need this tutoring the most are unable to get it due to cost and logistical barriers.

To solve this problem, we are partnering with the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Students with Disabilities (OCECD) to provide one on one tutoring with our program to students at no cost to the parents or school.

In order to make this happen we need funding and volunteers. Please consider joining our team in meeting the needs of these deserving students!

 
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The Need

In order to reach the neediest students, we need funds from the community. Our hope is to get our one-on-one tutoring program into every school with no cost to the district. Please help us by donating today, and giving us the funds we need to provide resources to as many schools as we can!

 
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These funds provide:

-Multisensory Structured Literacy curriculum

-Student consumables like paper and pencils

-iPads

-Volunteer training, background checks, and materials

-Decodable books for their school libraries.

 
 
 
 
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Our Partners

 
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Reading BootCamp

Provides private, specialized and individual tutoring and testing with highly trained education professionals to help your child advance and excel. The focus is on multi-sensory, explicit and systematic learning with clinically proven protocols. Testing provides an opportunity for the family, tutors or teachers to learn more about your child’s specific needs or to provide an independent or second evaluation for comparison. They offer testing and screening for dyslexia and ADHD as well as learning difficulties with reading, writing and math.

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OCECD

Giving a voice to parents and children dealing with life's challenges. Ohio Coalition for Education of Children with Disabilities works with parents to help them obtain the assistance they need.

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Our Founder

 
 
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Emily Book

Education is my passion!   I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education and taught in an Elementary School in Portsmouth, Ohio.   But it didn't take long before I began wondering why some students learn to read with ease, while others struggle to sound out the smallest of words.  Unfortunately, the answer was not revealed to me for many years.

I first learned about systematic, structured literacy eight years ago when my Goddaughter was diagnosed with dyslexia.  Before I started tutoring her, she scored below the 1st percentile in reading as a second grader.  But within seven months of having Barton instruction two hours a week, she tested in the 50th percentile.  I was intrigued!  My second student was 10 years old and could only read five pre-primer words.  I knew she was intelligent and very articulate but could not break the reading code.  For two months we worked hard and it seemed we weren’t making much progress.  But at month three, she had a breakthrough!  The student’s mother called me crying and said her daughter read to her for the very first time.  I was hooked!  As a result, I have been blessed to be able to help children learn to read and write for the last seven years using an Orton-Gillingham based system.

I am committed to learning as much as I can so that I help more and more students.  I have been trained in the Barton Reading & Spelling System, the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE), and the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE).   I went back to school and now have over 15 hours of graduate work relating to phonemic awareness and teaching students of other languages.  Currently, I am in the process of writing a computer program and an app for students to use as reading and spelling practice for the skills they have learned.  And in the community, I deliver dyslexia simulations and informational meetings, as well as providing school districts with professional development.  

Public awareness is needed to motivate change in the way we educate our teachers and students. Dyslexia is not an isolated problem.  It affects 15-20% of the population and is the most common reason students struggle with reading, spelling and writing.  It must be addressed in our schools and society.  The best way to remediate dyslexia is to intervene early with a structured multi-sensory, explicit program.  Therefore, I am working at the state level to initiate dyslexia legislation, that will mandate schools to screen kindergarten students for dyslexia. 

 
 
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