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Building Wings Acquires Knowledge Unlimited

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As part of a recent press release, Building Wings, Inc, announced the acquisition of Knowledge Unlimited, a provider of supplementary learning materials. The acquisition was finalized on July 15, 2022. 

Named after Don Johnston’s book Building Wings (2006), which details Johnston’s own struggles in the classroom, Building Wings provides evidence-based alternative literacy instruction resources to help educators deliver the best possible instruction for reading and writing. Its curriculum includes Readtopia and First Author and the company has also announced plans to release a new early-literacy curriculum, ReadtopiaGO in early 2023.

The Importance of Building Knowledge of the World

Speaking about the value Knowledge Unlimited brings to the product offerings by Building Wings, Don Johnston, CEO, says, “In my own learning struggles, it wasn’t until I had a knowledge of the world that I was able to deeply comprehend what I was reading.” Building Wings’ curriculum centers on building background knowledge for learners. Johnston adds, “Knowledge Unlimited has been developing learning content for 40 years and will be essential to building a world knowledge foundation for our students.” 

With this acquisition, Building Wings will continue to build its catalog of educator resources, including curriculum and instructional materials, to support teachers who balance a wide range of learning needs in the classroom. 

About Knowledge Unlimited

Founded by Judith Laitman in 1983, Knowledge Unlimited’s mission is to provide high-quality supplementary learning materials that engage students, promote critical thinking, and build important background knowledge across the curriculum. It is best known for its innovative current events program, which helps educators lead discussions on national and international news and engage students in enriching material about the world in which they live.

Educators interested in viewing samples or piloting these learning materials can find access to introductory videos and free lesson samples at a companion site for Building Wings.



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Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D.​

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her focus is on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.


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