Information for Librarians

Welcome to the Read 20: DC Reads with Amira Summer Initiative! Thank you for all the hard work you are doing to support students’ reading over the summer!

What is the Team DC Reads Initiative? 

The Team DC Reads Initiative is a part of the D.C. Public Library’s Read20 Summer Challenge 2021 to encourage children to practice reading as much as possible throughout the summer. From June 24th to August 30th, your child is encouraged to read with Amira at least 3 stories a day, 3 times per week, for 8 weeks (a total of 72 stories or more over the course of the summer).

What is Amira?

Amira is the first intelligent reading tutor that provides in-the-moment help to accelerate reading improvement.  Once your child is logged into Amira, the software recommends stories for them to read.  As your child reads out loud, Amira listens and, when she sees an opportunity to reinforce a reading skill, Amira provides personalized help, drawing from over 30 different research-based tutoring techniques, developed by leading reading experts.

To learn more about Amira, watch our Training Video and learn how Amira helps students.

Who is eligible to participate? 

Students attending DC Public Schools who are entering the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade next year are invited to participate. Your child is ready to read with Amira if they can read a simple story, including 3-letter words (e.g., can, mom, bag) and high-frequency sight words (e.g., am, see, is) on their own without adult help.

What role will librarians play in this challenge?

Students may come use the public libraries to access Amira. They may ask you to help them access Amira. Helpful guidance for setting students up with Amira can be found on the following page.

Device Requirements

Amira is a web-based program that can be accessed on most web browsers (Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Firefox.) There are some requirements on browser and software version. For more information, please read about Device Setup.

Please note that students will be reading out load to Amira. As an AI tutor, Amira requires a quiet space to hear students. If you do not have headphones with microphones, don’t worry! They are not required.

Logging In to Amira

DC Public Schools and DC Charter Schools have different ways of accessing Amira. In order to guide students down the correct path, please begin by having them identify their school.

If the student attends one of these public schools, you can have them follow the steps outlined on this support page and below:

  1. Go to your school portal
  2. Once on the login screen, students should sign in using your school username & password
  3. If students have trouble logging in, you can find instructions here: 
  4. Scroll down to the Amira icon.
  5. Open it, and begin to “read a story!”

If the student attends a participating charter school, they can follow the steps outlined on this support page and below:

  1. Go to the website
  2. Select "Independent School" (not district,) and "District of Columbia" as the state.
  3. Begin to type in the name of your school and it should pop up.
  4. On the log in screen, students plug in their school-issued username and password. (If you can't find it, please reach out to a school leader or "chat" with us on our support site at )
  5. Scroll down until you see the Amira Learning icon.
    Click it to open the app.
  6. Open it, and begin to “read a story!”

For more guidance, visit our Amira Practice support article.  

Need additional help? 
Talk to your teacher to learn how to best support your child's reading.

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Para instalar su dispositivo tecnológico, visite Prepare su dispositivo para Amira.

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