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Making Reading Meaningful — A Teacher’s Journey

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Special Educator, Carrie Ponitz, didn’t choose Readtopia.

Her administrators brought it into the district, but Mrs. Ponitz quickly embraced the materials when she saw how quickly her students connected to the content.

Reading time used to be filled with groans, now her students are even excited to take home the books and read them to their families.

The diversity in her classroom varies widely from non-readers to early readers, so Readtopia’s seven text levels allows her to meet the needs of each student.


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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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