School of the Year

Read Naturally is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Read Live School of the Year Award! The award recognizes schools whose students have substantially improved their reading skills using the Read Live program during the 2018-2019 school year.

Each of our winners demonstrated:

  • The school’s commitment to using Read Live with fidelity.
  • Students' growth in reading proficiency.
  • Positive changes in student attitudes and motivation.

2019 Read Live School of the Year Award Winner


Pioneer Elementary students

Pioneer Elementary School

Pierz, MN

Submitted by Miranda Hoheisel, SLD Special Education Teacher

Pioneer Elementary School receives a $2000 Read Naturally Gift Certificate.

Pioneer Elementary School has been using Read Naturally Strategy programs for the last eight years and started with Read Naturally Live in 2015. They use the program as an intervention for Tier 2 and 3 students in grades 1–3. Read Naturally Live is also used with their English language learners and dyslexic students. Of the students in grades 1-3 that are using Read Naturally Live, 80% will meet their fluency goals.


2019 Read Live School of the Year Award Runner-Ups


Summit School students

The Summit School

Edgewater, MD

Submitted by Leslie Eget, Director of Program Supports

The Summit School receives a $500 Read Naturally Gift Certificate.

The Summit School has been using Read Naturally programs since 2010 and began using Read Naturally Live in 2017. The number of students using Read Naturally at The Summit School has continued to grow since the implementation of Read Naturally Live. Students, teachers and parents are all requesting to use Read Naturally Live, especially after an informal study first semester. The study showed students using Read Naturally Live had growth rates in oral fluency and vocabulary that were at least 20% higher than the growth of their peers not placed in the Read Naturally Live program.


Harrison Junior School students

Harrison Junior School

Harrison, OH

Submitted by Katelyn Harm, Reading Tutor

Harrison Junior School receives a $500 Read Naturally Gift Certificate.

Harrison Junior School started using Read Naturally Live in 2015. Reading Tutor Katelyn Harm works with 69 students for one hour each day in Read Naturally Live, targeting students that scored in the bottom 8% on reading in the school. This year, 46% of her students are now reading on or above grade level. Read Naturally Live is implemented with fidelity at Harrison Junior School.


2019 Read Live School of the Year Award Honorable Mentions


The following schools will each receive a $100 Read Naturally gift certificate:

The Lumpkin County Elementary School, Dahlonega, GA, submitted by Stacie Gerrells
Chamisa Elementary School, Los Alamos, NM, submitted by Jenifer Thayer
Mary Lou Cowlishaw Elementary School, Naperville, IL, submitted by Michelle Hebenstreit
Crooksville Elementary School, Crooksville, OH, submitted by Helen Anderson
iForward Wisconsin, Grantsburg, WI, submitted by Colleen Trumper
Leonard Elementary School, Ovid, MI, submitted by Amanda Fruchey
​Tilton School, Haverhill, MA, submitted by Beth Perry

pointer​ 2018 School of the Year Award Winners

Read Live School of the Year 2019

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