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Press Release: Muscogee (Creek) Nation Declares December 2013 National Literacy Month With myON
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is investing in their future by partnering with myON to implement a literacy program for all Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens. They are declaring December 2013 as National Literacy month. This partnership with myON supports the belief that personalized reading instruction will provide a strong educational foundation for Muscogee (Creek) citizens and will strengthen the future workforce for the nation.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation wants all Creek citizens, especially children, to have the best opportunity to become productive tribal citizens. Principal Chief George Tiger and the National Council have shown strong support for the creation of the literacy program. They want to establish their students on a positive track to graduation by emphasizing the importance of reading proficiency and increased student achievement.
“I am proud to be named the official spokesperson for the literacy program to represent the voice of our people,” stated the Muscogee (Creek) Nation First Lady, Frances Tiger. “Our entire community is thrilled to support reading; we believe that the advancement of literacy is the key to future success sand providing additional opportunities for everyone.”
The myON literacy program embraces the tribe’s history and culture; Muscogee (Creek) Nation elders digitally recorded books in their native language, ensuring that their traditional words and stories are saved for posterity. In past years, the language has been in decline, but including books on myON in the native language will help to keep their ancestral language alive.
“Providing digital books in our native language is another way to encourage Muscogee (Creek) Nation youth to learn the Creek language and to pass on our culture and history to future generations,” stated Dr. Wayne Johnson, Muscogee (Creek) National Secretary of Education and Training. “Our literacy program is extremely important to all aspects of tribal development.”
myON reader provides a unique personalized online reading environment that offers unlimited access to the largest collection of enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, including naturally-recorded audio, text highlighting and an embedded dictionary. With more than 5,100 titles available, myON automatically creates a recommended booklist for each student based on his or her individual interests and reading levels using The Lexile® Framework for Reading. Using myON, students gain confidence in their abilities, take ownership in their reading growth, and achieve success across the curriculum.
“We are honored to participate in this literacy partnership with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. We share with the entire nation an awareness of the importance of literacy,” said myON President Todd Brekhus. He added, “myON allows Muscogee (Creek) Nation to give their children access to thousands of books that will advance their education as well as preserve their native language and culture.”
myON, a business unit of Capstone, develops personalized learning environments for students. As the flagship product, myON reader provides access to the largest integrated collection of enhanced digital books with multimedia supports and embedded Lexile assessments to measure reading growth. Using myON reader, students gain confidence in their abilities, take ownership in their reading growth, and achieve success across the curriculum. Since the platform launched in January 2011, more than 3 million students have logged on to read upwards of 6.25million books. For more information, visit www.myON.com