South Bend, Ind. — August 13, 2007 — Several intermediate schools in South Bend, Indiana, recently selected Plugged-in to Reading for their Explorer´s program, which focuses on helping students who are struggling academically. Plugged-in to Reading is a reading program for middle and high schools from Dr. Janet Allen, a leading authority in literacy instruction. After a year of using the program in their classrooms, the teachers, administrators, and students talked with the program´s publisher about their success.

Sharon Hurt, Director of Professional Development for South Bend schools, monitors the use of this new program in her district. "I´ve seen students who have not been engaged in learning or engaged with school really connect with the materials."

"The Plugged-in to Reading program is an asset in my classroom. I have never seen students so enthused about reading and working on reading-related activities," says Jennifer Horner, 7th-grade teacher at Jefferson Intermediate Center. "I have noticed a great improvement on my students´ test scores, fluency, and overall comprehension. The students are excited and eager to find out what book they will be reading next. This program has helped shape the future for these students. They went from thinking they could never do anything successful with their lives to believing in themselves and their future."

Amy Beyer, Teacher of the Year for South Bend, also saw improvements in her students after using Plugged-in to Reading at Jackson Intermediate. "I had quite a few students who not only improved test scores by a large number, but also the test anxiety disappeared."

The teachers were not the only ones who felt Plugged-in to Reading made a difference. Ms. Horner´s students also shared their positive experiences with Plugged-in to Reading.

"Before this year, I hated reading so much. I never did my reading homework, studied, or even cared about school," says 13-year-old Eleanor. "Since my class adopted the Plugged-in to Reading program, my opinion of reading and school in general has changed. I really love books now!"

Fellow classmate Isaiah, 14, says, "Last year I hated reading; I thought it was boring, not fun, and didn´t care about reading. I always got an F in reading and I would never try to get anything better than an F. With Plugged-in to Reading, I learned how to stay with a book and become a better reader. This program has saved my life."

To learn more about Dr. Janet Allen´s Plugged-in to Reading, published by Recorded Books, please visit or call 1-800-638-1304 to receive a Program Preview.

ABOUT RECORDED BOOKS: Recorded Books, a Haights Cross Communications company, is the largest producer of unabridged audiobooks for K-12 schools. Thousands of titles are available and are narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books also publishes and distributes Dr. Janet Allen´s Plugged-in to Reading, a research-based literacy program for middle and high schools based in high-interest, authentic literature. Each level includes everything needed to implement the program. All packaging is designed for high circulation. For more information on Recorded Books, please visit . For more information on Plugged-in to Reading, please visit .

ABOUT HAIGHTS CROSS COMMUNICATIONS: Founded in 1997 and based in White Plains, NY, Haights Cross Communications is a premier educational and library publisher dedicated to creating the finest books, audio products, periodicals, software and online services, serving the following markets: K-12 supplemental education, public library and school publishing, audiobooks, and medical continuing-education publishing. Haights Cross companies include Sundance/Newbridge Educational Publishing (Northborough, MA), Triumph Learning (New York, NY), Buckle Down Publishing (Iowa City, IA), Options Publishing (Merrimack, NH), Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), and Oakstone Publishing (Birmingham, AL). For more information, visit .

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