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The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.

Advancing Literacy with Large Print

Results from a nationwide study about the efficacy of large print books on student reading skills and mindsets

About this study

Strong reading comprehension skills are essential for student success. If students don’t feel comfortable reading in elementary and middle school, not only will they not develop lifelong reading habits, they won’t be well prepared for high school–level work or the intensive academic and workplace reading that comes after.

It is therefore critical that educators find new ways to make reading more meaningful for students by leveraging the power of context and comfort in the reading process to increase student engagement, elevate reading comprehension, and support the development of lifelong reading habits. With that goal in mind, Thorndike Press, from Gale, a Cengage company, partnered with Project Tomorrow® to design and implement a new nationwide study to investigate the impact of students reading large print-formatted books on their reading engagement and achievement levels.

While the large print format has a strong legacy of supporting increased reading engagement and proficiency for adults, most notably those with visual challenges, this study is on the role of large
print text with children and youth. It is our hope that the report findings will provide school and district
leaders as well as classroom educators with new insights into the role of large print text as a tool to
support students’ reading development.

White Paper Report

Key Findings include:

  • Students experience a change in perception of their reading capacity after reading large print.
  • Students said that large print text improved their personal self-efficacy around reading, changed their reading habits, and supported new learning outcomes.
  • Students want greater access to large print books for themselves and their classmates because they believe that reading skills will improve with more large print reading experiences.
  • Teachers attribute the use of the large print text to helping students develop stronger reading skills.
  • Teachers expanded their perception on beneficiaries of large print.
  • Teachers want to continue to use large print with their students, and will recommend large print titles to students, parents, and other teachers.
  • Students who read large print editions of their class literature book are more likely to report improved reading mindsets than students who read a traditional print edition of the same book.
  • Students who read large print text have increased student growth in Lexile levels and higher student comprehension scores even when reading large print books above their reading level.

Support Positive Literacy Outcomes with Large Print

August 28, 2019

PhotoPresented by Dr. Dr. Julie A.Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow; Tasha Squires, Librarian, O’Neill Middle School, Downers Grove, IL; Bernice Homel, Reading Specialist, O’Neill Middle School, Downers Grove, IL; and Nicole Ferroli, Teacher, O’Neill Middle School, Downers Grove, IL
Hosted by Jennifer Shafer, IMLS, Education Sales Consultant, Striving Readers, Thorndike Press

Sponsored by Thorndike Press, a Gale Company

According to The Nation’s Report Card, 67 percent of 8th graders in public schools aren’t proficient in reading. When a student isn’t reading at their grade level, it can affect their learning as a whole. Books formatted in large print can make a big impact on literacy. The combination of a larger font and fewer words on a page helps young readers with decoding, tracking, fluency, and overall comprehension.

In this edWebinar, the presenters share results from a Project Tomorrow efficacy and feedback study to evaluate the impact of using Thorndike Press large print books on 4th – 11th graders at 15 schools representing a diverse set of communities. Learn the benefits associated with the effective usage of large print from the perspectives of students, teachers, librarians, and administrators, including relationships with academic outcomes, as well as a regular print comparison.

Watch the Recorded Webinar here.

About Thorndike Press, from Gale, a Cengage Company
As a leading large print publisher, Thorndike Press helps readers of all ages enjoy books. Publishing unabridged reprints in large print format for middle grade and young adult readers started in 1999, and our catalog of nearly 400 titles grows monthly with high-interest fiction and nonfiction books, including contemporary classics, award winners, and bestsellers. Our commitment to producing high-quality, 100% guaranteed large print books supports young readers as they develop the skills necessary to become successful, confident, lifelong readers.

About Project Tomorrow
The mission of Project Tomorrow®, a national education nonprofit organization, is to ensure that all students are well prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and engaged citizens of the world. For the past 15 years, the organization has focused efforts on national research projects and the design and implementation of evaluation, efficacy, and feedback studies examining the impact of innovative learning models in the classroom.