Category Archives: Our Mission

Unity in Diversity: A Necessity, Not A Luxury

By Brian Kirchner   You probably have a smart phone, right? Okay, dumb question. (See what I did there?) Take it out. Take it out and look at it. I mean, really study it. What color is it? How big is it? Does it have scratches on the screen, or maybe even cracks from when you…
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Literacy Beat’s Review of Story Shares

By Thomas DeVere Wolsey Written for Literacy Beat   Recently, I participated in a Twitter chat hosted by the International Literacy Association #ILAChat and Sam Patterson (@SamPatue) on the topic of the Association’s latest What’s Hot in Literacy report. While there, I met the Story Shares team. In their own words, “Story Shares is a…
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Behind the Scenes with John Mayo Smith

Behind the Story Shares organization is a series of talented, experienced professionals who dedicate their skills, time, and passion to improving the quality of our platform so that we may reach more struggling readers, more effectively. We are immeasurably grateful to these volunteers, and so much of our current success and forward movement can be…
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What Happened Before? One Student’s Story

By Angela Dell'Isola The classroom is an ever-changing environment and many teachers will tell you that no two days are the same. And the main reason for that is: the students. No two are alike and so no two will learn in exactly the same way. This is what makes the educational field both challenging…
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Imagine Not Being Able to Read This….

Imagine Not Being Able to Read This… By Louise Baigelman Imagine moving to a new country. You have only just begun speaking the language and you have a lot left to learn. You have basic language skills: you know some simple vocabulary and common expressions, and you’re able to use them to have short conversations.…
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Story Shares on Kickstarter: Crowdfunding for a Literacy Solution

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/519465043/story-shares-a-literacy-solution   Story Shares began as a literacy project – an experiment, of sorts. Could we expand the collection of content meant for teens and young adults who read below grade level? To test this, we launched a writing contest and built a prototype of a digital story-creation tool.   The success of the contest,…
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Story Shares Executive Director Named To International Literacy Association’s Inaugural 30 Under 30 List

We are thrilled to share with you that Story Shares's very own Executive Director, Louise Baigelman, has been recognized as one of International Literacy Association's 30 Under 30 for her outstanding and inspirational dedication to improving literacy outcomes! The list recognizes the next generation of young innovators, advocates and educators who are leading efforts to address the…
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STORY SHARES TESTIMONIALS

STORY SHARES TESTIMONIALS Story Shares has had some inspiring success already, and we are excited to continue building on this as we evolve our literacy platform and initiative. During the first phase, we ran The Story Shares Writing Contest, and received almost 600 story submissions in just 4 months. We had incredibly talented writers, educators,…
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The Seed of Joy, and Reading for Kids Who Hate Reading

The Seed of Joy, and Reading for Kids Who Hate Reading By Kelly Winters, Author of Jacob and the Bee Man and Jacob's Trouble [Input by Priya Minhas]   Every child – every person – is born with a seed of their future joy and happiness inside them, and if you watch a child carefully – or if you…
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Story Shares Pilot Studies

Story Shares Pilot Studies We are piloting the Story Shares platform in schools and programs across the country. The Story Shares pilot studies enable us to gather feedback on our literacy solution, which will inform future development and help us to continue evolving Story Shares in a way that meets the needs of readers, educators,…
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