Press Release

Mission of U.S. non-profit is to end the low-income literacy crisis in America by providing personally adaptive learning technology for FREE to families and public schools.

Louisville, KY- June 23, 2017 - Learning Stewards, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on improving education, has developed a new technology-based method for learning to read that meets children of poverty at the level of their reading-readiness — and stewards them up a personalized stairway to reading proficiency. Over 60% of America’s students are chronically below grade level reading. The vast majority of these students are children of poverty. Based on neuroscience and computational linguistics, The “Magic Ladder” is an innovative and interactive learning technology that provides less advantaged children with ‘live’ help as they climb (from wherever they start) up the steps to literacy. It will be FREE to families and public school systems next month.

Children from poverty begin school substantially behind their more affluent peers in developing the building blocks required to succeed in the early stages of learning to read.  According to research provided by the American Psychological Association (APA), “a child’s initial reading competence is correlated with the home literacy environment. However, parents from low SES communities may be unable to afford the resources to create a positive literacy environment.” The report continues, stating that Children from low-SES environments acquire language skills more slowly, exhibit delayed letter recognition and phonological awareness, and are at risk for reading difficulties.”

To address the injustice in how lower SES affects literacy learning, Learning Stewards has created a unique online learning technology called “The Magic Ladder”. The Magic Ladder is an entirely new, brain-efficient way for beginning and struggling students to learn to read. It uses the student’s own words as teaching examples and provides a safe, interactive, playful, and multisensory learning experience to build and develop their literacy skills. It is both a new way to compensate for student readiness during the initial ‘literacy launch ramp’,  and a new way to provide older struggling readers a ‘live safety net’ that helps them learn to recognize the unfamiliar words that would otherwise stutter up their reading flow.

Mr. David Boulton, a Learning Activist, and the Director of Learning Stewards, states that: “Children struggle when they do not have access to learning experiences that meet them at their level of readiness. Most who struggle blame themselves and are in danger of becoming ashamed of their learning. Kids who become ashamed of their learning rarely do well in school or in life. By releasing the Magic Ladder, and by giving FREE access to the public, we hope to improve and accelerate the learning trajectories of new and struggling readers, and better prepare their foundations for academic and personal success.”

Parents and Educators interested in having access to this learning technology can go to https://demo.mymagicladder.org to experience a demonstration of Magic Ladder and to request access to the technology upon its release.

About Learning Stewards: Learning Stewards is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 2008, its mission is to ‘make the case’ (economically, politically, socially, neurologically, psychologically, educationally, and parentally) for “stewarding the health of our children’s learning.” To learn more about Learning Stewards go to www.learningstewards.org or connect on Facebook (@learningstewards.org) or Twitter (@learningsteward)


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