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​In the next two weeks, five major education conferences will take place in cities across the country. Read Naturally will be presenting and/or exhibiting at all five events. If you’re attending one of these shows, please stop at our booth and visit with us.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference starts this weekend in Atlanta, GA! ISTE brings educators of all types and grade levels together to share discoveries and develop solutions for their greatest challenges—all while connecting to a global network of education resources.

ReadNaturally.Com Just Keeps Getting Better
When we redesigned our website this past spring, our goal was to create a user-friendly information hub where educators would feel supported and involved. Based on the feedback we’ve gotten so far, site users have been extremely satisfied. If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check it out! We want to draw your attention to a couple of areas we’re especially excited about.

A Big Vocabulary Boost: Just Like Splat!
Splat-O-Nym, our new iPad app, is a fun and effective way for your students to build vocabulary. Students master synonyms, antonyms, and words-in-context as they learn thousands of useful new words. They have so much fun “splating” words, accumulating points, and moving from level to level, they often forget that they’re learning!

Does “summer reading” sound to your students like a chore? You know reading can be just as exciting as any other summer activity, but your students may need a little convincing. These last couple weeks of school, take some time to brainstorm and share all the fun possibilities for summer reading. The web is full of information on this topic. Here are a few of our favorite resources:

This week, young readers from coast to coast will unite in celebrating the longest-running literacy initiative in the nation: Children’s Book Week. For the first time ever, official events are being held in all 50 states! In addition, classrooms, libraries, and booksellers across the nation will commemorate this important literary holiday with readings and activities.

Since November, Read Live, Read Naturally ME, and GATE have been used with a large number of ELL students at Whittier Elementary. The results thus far have been remarkable. RTI educator Lisa Lawrence was eager to share them.

Read Naturally will be exhibiting at the International Reading Association (IRA) 59th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA from May 10–12, 2014. Thousands of educators from around the globe will be gathered to learn and share ideas on literacy. Sandra Strong will be giving presentations on Assessment: Foundation for RTI, Signs for Sounds, Reading for Meaning, Word Warm-ups, and Vocabulary: Aim High!. Marie Bodden will hold sessions on Read Naturally GATE and the new One Minute Reader iPad App.

To the inspiring educators who make our students' futures brighter: Thank you for everything you do! We hope you get the opportunity to celebrate this week. You deserve it! 

​Congratulations to Star Student Zai R. from High Point, NC! Zai is an eighth-grade student at Ferndale Middle School. Zai’s teacher, Randall Saenz, had this to say about her:
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