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, we offer several ways to effectively try out both Lexia and Reading Plus for little to no money overall. If you really are not sure the programs are right for you, you can opt for a paid 3 month trial but that trial becomes close to free when you actually buy. Why? and How? You pay a heavily discounted initial evaluation fee to cover training, implementation, and the cost of the licenses. When you buy at any time during the evaluation, you receive most of that initial cost back as a credit toward any site license purchase of $6250 or greater!
Even better? For a limited time, we are offering a pre-paid evaluation package that saves over $7000 on regular year long pricing for a site license and training AND includes 3 “free” months, which is effectively a 25% discount on normal pricing for the first year!
Paid evaluations are ONLY available for site licenses.
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!) for less than the normal yearly prices!
* Why aren’t evaluations free free? Good question! Reading and math educational programs are not one size fits all, and cannot simply be turned on and used. Well, they CAN be, but they won’t be effective. Effective use requires planning, implementation and training support….and buy in. These are all time intensive. If folks are serious enough about making a difference in their students’ reading and math outcomes, then a little skin in the game at the beginning ensures that we are focusing our staff resources on helping schools that really want to make a difference with their learners. We know these programs make a difference, and we want to be able to focus on schools that are vested in making that difference too!
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!