February 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Listening, Literacy and the Common Core: How Audio Books Improve Reading Ability

SPONSORED BY: Tales2Go and School Library Journal
EVENT DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET/12:00 – 1:00 PM PT

Archive is now available!

Audiobooks are a proven literacy resource, which is why they’ve been used in classrooms for decades. The benefits of listening to audiobooks are many, including enhanced vocabulary, fluency and listening skills. In fact, there are reading methods such as The Daily 5, which include listening as part of the curriculum; studies show that when a listening component is added to reading instruction, student achievement increases measurably. Finally, there are specific listening requirements that are spelled out by grade level in the newly adopted Common Core Standards.

This webinar will feature Tales2Go users and advocates, Shannon Sullivan and Katherine Orlando, who will share what Tales2Go has done to aide their instruction in and out of the classrooms. Tales2Go, based in Washington, DC, is a Netflix-like service that streams thousands of audio book titles from leading publishers to desktops, laptops and mobile devices in the classroom and beyond. The company has innovated on both the delivery and business model of distributing audio books to schools. Adding a listening component to reading instruction raises reading scores, which is why audio books have been used in classrooms for decades. Proficient reading is the product of listening comprehension (i.e. fluency and vocabulary) and decoding skills.

In the U.S., just 32% of fourth graders read proficiently. And students not reading proficiently at the end of third grade are four times more likely not to graduate from high school; the problem is so pervasive that 14 states have enacted legislation to hold back 3rd graders not reading at level. Tales2Go is a 21st Century arrow in the literacy quiver to get kids excited about and skilled at reading. The Tales2Go library ranges from PreK to Young Adult, fiction and nonfiction and includes Spanish and kids’ music areas.


Katherine Orlando – Grade 3 Teacher, St Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

Katherine is a Grade 3 teacher at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington DC.  She has been teaching for 5 years and has taught Kindergarten, First, and Second grade. During the summer, she continues to educate as a head teacher for the Horizons of Greater DC program. Katherine graduated from Georgetown University and holds a Master of Childhood and Special Education from Manhattanville College. Katherine enjoys running and reading in her free time.

Shannon Sullivan – Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Meltdown Free Media

Shannon is a former English teacher and special educator turned resource teacher for gifted and twice exceptional students who creates interactive content for educational networks and facilitates online learning communities. Her work as a producer of educational content for National Geographic’s site for teachers and parents received national acclaim. As owner of Meltdown Free Media, she blogs tips for parents and teachers at Bigger Box of Crayons and Try This At Home. Shannon holds masters degrees in Technology, Innovation, and Education as well as Curriculum and Instruction from Harvard University and Boston College, respectively. Recent projects include PBS News Hour, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, TV Textbook, Tales2Go.com, and the Arlington County, Virginia, Parent/Infant Education Program.


Shannon McClintock Miller – District Teacher Librarian, Van Meter Community School, Iowa

Shannon McClintock Miller is the district teacher librarian and technology integration specialist at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa. She encourages her students to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating, and connecting to others within their school and around the world. Shannon is the author of the award winning Van Meter Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for ISTE’s Leading & Learning journal, various blogs, and in other forums. Shannon serves as the advocacy chair on the Iowa Association of School Librarians and on the Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council as the public school students and libraries representation.

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