Funding reading improvement subscriptions for programs that work
We all know Reading Plus and Lexia work, and work well, but you can’t use them if you don’t have them, and you won’t have them, if you can’t pay for them, so what are some of the common ways teachers and administrators pay for Lexia and Reading Plus?
First, the free trials!
While certainly not a long term solution, both Lexia and Reading Plus offer free initial trials so you do not have to commit to spending a chunk of change for your class, school, or district, without a little hands-on time! You’ll have to find sources of funding later, but this kicks the can down the road a bit and allows you to try out these excellent literacy programs and determine if they are a good fit for you and your learners (readers!).
Internal Sources of Funding for Lexia and Reading Plus
Many schools and districts have funds set aside for literacy improvement efforts. Others can tap their old-school textbook funds as well–because blended e-learning solutions are the ultimate in one-to-one textbooks for today’s connected classrooms and learners.
External Sources of Funds: Grants and Fundraising for Lexia and Reading Plus
Organizations and companies often support schools through fundraising efforts and grantmaking. Fundraising programs like Kroger cards (scroll down to Kentucky or Ohio) can involve parents and the community in bringing in some much needed sources of revenue. Other corporations give back to the community through grants. For instance, Dollar General awards many thousands of dollars to schools and they especially like to pay for technology that promotes literacy in the schools. If you have other ideas for sources of funding, please let us know about them so we can share with your fellow educators!