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    Nevada Students Read 6,434,814 Digital Books and More Than 58 Million Minutes since May 2020 Through READ Nevada Digital Library

    Nevada was the first state in the nation to provide all Pre-K-12 students personalized access to myON, a digital library with thousands of digital books and age-appropriate news articles

    July 01, 2021

    CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) and Renaissance, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology,are celebrating the success of the READ Nevada partnership, which first launched in May 2020. The programlaunched as part of NDE’s pandemic response effort to increase equity and toprovide digital reading resources to all students in Nevada.

    In just 13 months, students from all overthe state accessed 6,434,814 digital books on myON and logged 58,307,757 minutes of reading.

    Nevada is the first state nationally to provide all pre-K-12 studentspersonalized access to myON, Renaissance’sdigital reading platform offering 24/7 access to thousands of fiction andnonfiction books to read online and offline. Since the launch of thepartnership, NDE and Renaissance—along with Nevada State Library, Archives andPublic Records and local public libraries—have supported the readinginitiative, enabling students to log in and read age-appropriate texts based ontheir individual reading levels, personal interests, and preferences.

    “Inthe past year, Nevada has been faced with numerous challenges, and we haverisen to the occasion to ensure that students continue their learning and stayon the path to future success,” said Jhone Ebert, Superintendent of PublicInstruction. “I want to recognize the collective efforts of our DistrictCurriculum Directors, Regional Professional Development Programs, librarians,and community partners who supported the READ Nevada partnership and provided educators,students, and their families with access to these amazing reading resources.”

    “This partnership is a true testament tothe collective efforts of our Nevada community to prioritize reading,” said Dr.Darl Kiernan, READ Nevada Project Manager and Education Programs Professionalat NDE. “Research tells us that students aremore motivated to read when they can make choices, and myON expands the choicesavailable to them. I am thrilled to see students gaining intrinsicmotivation to read and building curricular background knowledge aligned tostandards with myON.”

    Going forward, the platform will remain a hub for summer reading, ensuring thatstudents can access as much literature as they would like. In the long term,the READ Nevada partnership plans to bring in additional local partners andorganizations that can continue to expand the resources available to students.

    “Throughout the entire READ Nevadapartnership, the team at NDE and their partners have shown an unwaveringcommitment to providing students with opportunities to continue reading andlearning,” said Todd Brekhus, chief product officer at Renaissance. “We’reexcited to be a part of this great initiative and provide students all acrossNevada access to thousands of diverse, high-interest digital books on myON.”

    To learn more,access the videos below:  

    For more information, visit Read NevadaPartnership



    Allegra Demerjian
    Public Information Officer