Four Inspiring Teachers Named National READ 180® and System 44® Outstanding Educator Award Winners

 Four Inspiring Teachers Named National READ 180® and System 44® Outstanding
                            Educator Award Winners

Scholastic Honors Four Passionate Teachers Who Have Turned Students' Lives
Around by Helping Them Learn to Read

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NEW YORK, May 6, 2014

NEW YORK, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global
children's publishing, education and media company, today announced the
recipients of the company's prestigious READ 180^® and System 44^® Outstanding
Educator Awards. The awards, now in their eighth year, recognize four
incredible educators who have helped students turn their lives around by
learning to read in READ 180 and System 44 reading intervention classrooms
across the country.

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Students of the 2014 Outstanding Educators have shown significant growth in
reading achievement through the use of READ 180 and System 44, blended
learning programs proven to raise reading achievement for struggling students
in grades 3–12. Tasked with helping some of the country's most at-risk
students, these teachers have made it their mission to ensure all students

"At Scholastic, we believe so strongly in the power and impact a great teacher
can have on the trajectory of a student's life," said Margery Mayer, President
of Scholastic Education. "READ 180 and System 44 teachers have one of the most
important jobs in our entire country -- to help some of our most challenged
and neediest students find success in school. It's an honor to recognize these
four Outstanding Educators for all that they do on behalf of children and our
public schools."

The Outstanding Educator Awards are determined by a Scholastic selection
committee that reviews hundreds of nominations. Each nomination includes a
statement about the educator by a colleague who has submitted the nomination,
a statement by the educator, and a statement from a student about the impact
the educator has had. The Outstanding Educators will each receive a $1,200
check, an all-expense-paid trip to the READ 180 National Summer Institute in
Orlando, Florida, and a commemorative plaque. Additionally, the educators who
nominated the 2014 Outstanding Educator Award winners will receive a READ 180
Xtra Collection for their classrooms.

The 2014 READ 180 Outstanding Educators are:

Elementary School

  oRobert Greenough
    Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, La Quinta, CA

  Mr. Greenough relishes his job as a teacher tasked with helping his school's
  most at risk readers catch back up to grade level. "I get to wake up every
  day and do something I love: Help kids become passionate and fluent
  readers," he says.

  In his six years as a READ 180 teacher, Mr. Greenough has had tremendous
  success, helping almost every one of his students reach proficiency in
  reading after a year in his fourth grade classroom. When his school
  considered expanding the use of READ 180 into fifth grade one year, it was
  decided they didn't need it because it had been so successful at getting
  fourth-graders back to grade level.

  His passion for reading and for connecting with every student is a huge
  reason for his success. To motivate his students, Mr. Greenough has created
  the "Greenough-Go-Getter" program that rewards students for meeting their
  goals. He shares his love of reading through a school-wide event called
  "Read the Most from Coast to Coast."

  Most of all, he's a cheerleader for every one of his students, never going a
  day without offering high fives or applauding students' hard work. "They
  know someone is in their corner and on their side," he says.

  "I realize my job is an important one and that 180 days of school is not a
  lot of time to turn things around for some of these kids, so I try to make
  the most out of every single day."

Middle School

  oKimberly Rogowsky
    Brunswick Middle School, Brunswick, MD

  Ms. Rogowsky's determination to spark a love for reading and a desire to
  achieve in her students has made her a role model within her county. "Not
  only is she an excellent teacher for students, but also a teacher of other
  teachers," explained colleague Amy Nedrow. "At the end of the day, Kim has
  played motivator, teacher, organizer and second mom to many of her

  As a reading intervention teacher, Ms. Rogowsky has worked for two years
  dedicating her time to helping at-risk readers using the READ 180 program.
  Whether she is taking time out of her day to conduct individual student
  conferences, tutoring during her school's Extended Learning Time or posing
  interactive reading challenges to her entire class, Ms. Rogowsky tirelessly
  motivates her students to take their confidence and reading skills to the
  next level.

  "I highly value a culture of mutual respect and building strong personal
  connections. I try to weave humor throughout my interactions and I encourage
  my students to value their learning and personal growth," explained Ms.
  Rogowsky. Outside of the classroom, she continuously seeks opportunities to
  collaborate with colleagues and volunteered to host her county's "READ 180
  support group," training teachers who are new to the READ 180 program.

High School

  oAngelique Kwabenah
    District of Columbia Public Schools Incarcerated Youth Program,
    Washington, DC

  Ms. Kwabenah's success at helping at risk students learn to read would be
  remarkable in any educational setting, but it is especially notable
  considering where her school is located – in the DC Jail. Each year Ms.
  Kwabenah has taught READ 180, her students have exceeded the District of
  Columbia Public Schools' annual learning goals – a remarkable task since
  most of her students enter the program two or three grade levels behind.
  "Ms. Kwabenah not only motivates and encourages her students, she inspires
  them to want to be life-long readers and lovers of literature and learning,"
  said colleague Bianca Thompson.

  As a teacher in the District of Columbia Public Schools Incarcerated Youth
  Program, Ms. Kwabenah arrives at work at 4:30 a.m. everyday so she is able
  to meet with students and provide encouragement before their court trials.
  She coordinates activities such poetry slams and monthly writing contests to
  help reluctant students who are facing long sentences feel more at ease and
  become excited about education. In addition, Ms. Kwabenah purchases
  newspapers, magazines and books with her own money as incentives for her

The 2014 System 44 Outstanding Educator is:

  oLeslie Harrelson
    J.O. Kelly Middle School, Springdale, AZ

  As someone who struggled to learn to read herself, Mrs. Harrelson made it
  her goal in life to become a reading teacher. Having taught System 44 for
  more than four years, Mrs. Harrelson encourages her students to take charge
  of their learning and never give up. She was a driving force behind a
  collaboration with fellow educators and leaders in her district, created to
  determine the best approach for meeting the needs of all students. Through
  that effort, she was instrumental in the narrowing of the achievement gap in
  both mathematics and literacy at J.O Kelly Middle School.

  A high expectation for both academics and behavior is the guiding principle
  for Mrs. Harrelson's classroom. Her students, many of whom once struggled
  with language barriers and have mostly experienced failure in the past, are
  now leaders in the classroom and athletic fields. "Mrs. Harrelson encouraged
  me to read when I was ready to give up and talked to me about how I'll need
  reading in the future," said one of her students. "I told her I wanted to be
  a soccer player, so she asked me how I was going to read the contract.
  That's when everything clicked."

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About Scholastic System 44^®:

System 44is a proven foundational reading and phonics intervention technology
program for our most at-risk readers in Grades 3–12+.System 44helps students
master the foundational reading skills required for success with the Common
Core through explicit instruction in comprehension and writing and a
personalized learning progression driven by technology.

About Scholastic READ 180^®:

READ 180, the most effective system for raising student achievement in grades
4-12+, has been significantly updated to meet the rigorous reading and writing
expectations of the new standards.READ 180includes more rigor throughout,
new grade-level text, new text-dependent questions, more nonfiction, new
performance-based assessments and a new Writing Zone—all available for iPad™.

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