Learning Ally  

Princeton,  NJ 
United States
https://learningally.org/
  • Booth: 3301

LEARNING ALLY is a leading nonprofit education organization dedicated to equipping educators with proven solutions that help early and struggling learners reach their potential. Our range of literacy-focused offerings for students Pre-K to 12th grade, including our award winning reading resource, the Learning Ally Audiobook Solution, our new Early Literacy solution Excite Reading and catalog of professional learning allow us to support more than 2 million students and over 445,000 educators across the US.


 Press Releases

  • September 8, 2022 Princeton, NJ– Learning Ally, a leading nonprofit education solutions provider working to improve reading outcomes in U.S. schools, has won a 2022 Tech & Learning “Back to School” Award of Excellence in Primary Education for its new Excite Reading.

    Excite Reading™ is a Prek-2nd Grade supplemental reading program that takes a holistic approach to early childhood literacy. It is grounded in research-based learning principles integrated with Learning Ally’s Whole Child Literacy™ practices. A library of engaging ebooks are curated into coherent, thematic text sets and are paired with standards-based lesson plans to help teachers bridge the gap between a child’s emerging decoding and comprehension skills. The program will build a deeper context of subject matter through rich vocabulary, language, and comprehension practice, while encouraging curiosity and wonder in young learners.

    Heather Wiederstein, Vice President of Solutions Design for Learning Ally, said, “Early childhood is an essential time to build foundational reading skills–  both word attack and comprehension of texts– for all students.  It is imperative to provide extra support for students who need more preparation, who may be entering the early grades with limited word or background knowledge exposure or have an undiagnosed learning disability.  Excite Reading™ does both well and supports a joyful culture and community of reading in the classroom.”

    Excite Reading™ stories come from Learning Ally’s rich e-library of vibrant, culturally responsive titles to engage emergent readers through human narration. Using authentic contemporary literature, children can explore exciting themes such as gardens, insects, communities, and the arts, crossing important domains to learn about science, art, and history. Learning activities extend reading at home with families, and make important social and emotional connections with prompts for valuable discussion. Corresponding teacher guides drive instruction to a higher level of discourse using relevant vocabulary to express questions, answers, and ideas to stimulate critical thinking.

    “Thank you Tech & Learning for acknowledging Excite Reading™ as a beneficial instructional resource in primary education,” adds Ms. Wiederstein. “The nation’s drumbeat is loud for using evidenced-based principles in the science of reading to improve reading outcomes. Ending the literacy divide and improving reading outcomes is what our organization is best known for.”

    Excite Reading™ also won a 2022 Readers’ Choice Award by SmartBrief on EdTech. This award celebrates early educational products making a lasting impact on the education industry through innovative solutions, the latest technology, and pioneering problem-solving.

    About Learning Ally   

    Learning Ally is a leading education nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with proven solutions that help new and struggling learners reach their potential. Our range of literacy-focused offerings for students in Pre-K to 12th grade and catalog of professional learning allows us to support more than 2 million students and 445,000 educators across the United States.

    Visit Learning Ally School Solutions or call 800-221-1098.

  • June 17, 2022 PRINCETON, NJ — Learning Ally, publisher of the Learning Ally Audiobook Solution, has received a distinguished SIIA CODiE Award for Best Learning Recovery Tool. 

    Learning Ally is a national nonprofit working with schools across the country to solve the literacy crisis for diverse and marginalized students. Its signature product, the award-winning Learning Ally Audiobook Solution, is composed of high quality, human-read audiobooks, and a suite of teacher resources to monitor and support student progress. Case studies prove its effectiveness to double the rate of reading growth, while providing equitable access to curriculum and literature to transform struggling readers into engaged, competent achievers. 

    Today, the Audiobook Solution serves over 1.6 million U.S. students in grades- 3-12, and holds prominent education awards for exceptional quality including:

    • Best Learning Recovery Tool – SIIA CODiE

    • Best Virtual Learning Solution Finalist – SIIA CODiE

    • Best Back to School Product for Secondary Education - T&L Excellence Award

    • Cool Tool Award - EdTech Digest

    • World Changing Ideas Honorable Mention - Fast Company

    • Best Remote & Blended Learning Tool – T&L Excellence Award

    • Academic Choice Awards – Smart Media

    • Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence 

    • The Parents and Teachers’ Choice Awards 

    Judges criteria for winning the 2022 CODiE Award for Best Learning Recovery Tool included adaptability, ease of use for educators, independent use by students, standards alignment, data and reporting, learning engagement and innovation. 

    Heather Wiederstein, Vice President of Solutions Design for Learning Ally says, “We are especially proud of this CODiE award because it recognizes how Learning Ally has supported educators and students with learning recovery, and signals yet another huge benefit for educators working with struggling readers…versatility. The Audiobook Solution is a supplement that enhances remote and blended learning settings as easily as it does whole group and small group instruction. Educators use it to support their evidence-based reading instruction, and to improve fundamental reading skills in comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. Students who once felt left behind become confident, independent learners who can read on grade-level. That is why our Audiobook Solution is a top CODiE winner.”

    The Association for Software and Information Industry (SIIA) serves the education technology sector through advocacy, legislation, and public affairs. Teachers and administrators review all nominated ed-tech products for the CODiE Award. Their evaluations determine the finalists, and SIIA members vote on the final products. Combined scores represent the top winners as the most innovative and effective education products available in the education marketplace today. 

    Jeff Joseph, SIIA President says, “This year’s winners are the best of the best. They address many critical issues facing students – from introduction and equality to individualized and tailored learning, and much more.”

    Visit www.learningally.org/educators or call 800-221-1098. 

    About Learning Ally   

    Learning Ally is a leading education nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with proven solutions that help new and struggling learners reach their potential. Our range of literacy-focused offerings for students in Pre-K to 12th grade and catalog of professional learning allows us to support more than 2 million students and 445,000 educators across the United States.

    Visit Learning Ally School Solutions or call 800-221-1098.


 Products

  • Learning Ally Audiobook Solution
    The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is a multi-sensory reading accommodation that levels the playing field for students who struggle to read due to a reading deficit, providing them the opportunity to achieve in school and in life....

  • The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is a multi-sensory reading accommodation that levels the playing field for students who struggle to read due to a reading deficit, providing them the opportunity to achieve in school and in life. Gaining access to the books they want to read—and the books they need to read—in an easy-to-absorb format can be a game changer. We build a foundation for learning by empowering students to read independently and gain self-confidence. This solution includes access to largest human-read audiobook library of popular books and standards-aligned titles. Emerging readers will build background knowledge, vocabulary, comprehension, and critical-thinking skills.
  • Excite Reading
    Excite Reading from Learning Ally bridges the gap between decoding and reading comprehension with a rich e-library of authentic literature....

  • Excite Reading from Learning Ally bridges the gap between decoding and reading comprehension with a rich e-library of authentic literature. It develops vocabulary and background knowledge while putting the whole child at the center of instruction. This supplemental program for grades PreK-2 addresses diverse reading readiness through a library of rich, engaging e-books featuring themes that explore gardens, insects, music and more. The solution includes carefully designed lessons that holistically build vocabulary and background knowledge, and it features activities that create context to deepen comprehension. Excite Reading also includes family connections to extend learning at home and support for social emotional learning.