Read 20: DC Reads with Amira Summer Initiative

Welcome to the Read 20: DC Reads with Amira Summer Initiative! We are so excited to work with you and your students as they develop reading skills with Amira Learning.

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, review our Family Training Video and learn How Amira Helps Your Child.

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.

Family members are a child's biggest champion! This summer, help your student learn how to read by acting as their tech helper and learning coach. The best role for a family member in using Amira is to be a tech helper or a learning coach. Family members can best help by encouraging the child to try their best, keep reading, and notice what's getting better with each practice. Point out strengths and learning. Here is a poster to guide you.

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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