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Inclusive Classrooms: Are Teachers Ready to Support Students with Learning Differences?

Inclusive classrooms are on the rise, but are teachers ready to support all learners? New Benetech survey examines factors that impact preparedness.

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Yes, Bookshare DOES Have Many of the Textbooks Your Students Need!

Many people view Bookshare’s large collection of ebooks primarily as a source of classroom reading or pleasure reading books, but did you know that the library also has over 25,000 textbooks? Learn more about the kinds of textbooks available from Bookshare and how to access them.

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Fall into the Bookshare Book Club’s October Selection

Welcome again to the Bookshare Book Club! Each month, Bookshare staff will choose a book for members to read before hosting a discussion near the end of the month. The conversation will take place on Bookshare Twitter, using the hashtag #BKSBookClub, and also via Zoom webinar. While we have created this club with adult Bookshare members in mind, everyone is welcome to join, including non-Bookshare members. October’s book will be Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson. Three generations of a family are at the center of this time-traveling novel. In 2001, Melody is turning sixteen in her grandparents’ home.…

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Celebrating 15 Million Books Delivered

Today we are celebrating an exciting milestone for impact at Benetech: we have delivered 15 million books to people with reading barriers through the Bookshare online library service and network. That’s 15 million books that users found and accessed through Bookshare that they would not otherwise have been able to read. And it’s not just about the number of books, but what these books enable people to do: pursue an education, develop professional skills, find employment, and participate in their communities. We’d like to celebrate and thank the entire community that has made this momentous milestone possible. To Bookshare’s Community…

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Celebrating the Life-Changing Power of Reading at the National Book Festival

Each Labor Day weekend, the Library of Congress promotes literacy through their National Book Festival. This one day festival is a free event in Washington, D.C., with author events, book signings, family activities, and more. For the second year in a row, Bookshare was one of the sponsors of the festival and had a booth on the exhibition floor. As a frequent Bookshare booth staffer, I always love the opportunity to connect with our members face to face and hear the stories of how Bookshare has opened new doors to reading. The National Book Festival was no different. We had…

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Spy on the Bookshare Book Club’s September Selection

Welcome again to the Bookshare Book Club! Each month, Bookshare staff will choose a book for members to read before hosting a discussion near the end of the month. The conversation will take place on Bookshare Twitter, using the hashtag #BKSBookClub, and also via Zoom webinar. While we have created this club with adult Bookshare members in mind, everyone is welcome to join, including non-Bookshare members. September’s book will be American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson. Marie Mitchell is stuck in a boys’ club at the FBI, passed over for promotions and instead saddled with paperwork. When she’s considered for a…

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#BeReady: How Assistive Technology Helps Students with Learning Differences Read Independently

Amy Ratajczak, a speech-language pathologist, explains how assistive technology helps students with reading comprehension, decoding, and fluency so they can access grade-level text independently.

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Bookshare Busts through Reading Barriers!

Do you have students with reading barriers like dyslexia, low vision, or cerebral palsy? Are you looking for books in alternate formats like audio, large print, or braille? Join us for a free webinar on resources for students with dyslexia or visual or physical disabilities who need reading accommodations.

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