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American Reading Company

Contract Category: Textbooks and Library Books

Contract Number: 15/035KC-01

Contract Terms:

Initial Award Date: July 21, 2015
1st Renewal Start Date: July 21, 2016 
2nd Renewal Start Date: July 21, 2017 
3rd Renewal Start Date: July 21, 2018 
Current Expiration Date: July 20, 2019
Renewal Options Remaining: 0

CP Contract Manager:

Karen Chesky

Contract Partner: American Reading Company

American Reading Company

Contract Partner Web Site:

Approved Market Area: National


Textbooks, library books, eBooks

HUB Status: Yes

MWBE Status: No

SBE Status: No


American Reading Company (ARC) began with one powerful idea. CEO and founder Jane Hileman, then working as a reading specialist, challenged a group of second-graders reading on a Kindergarten level to read 100 books. By giving them the choice to read books leveled to their abilities�books in which they were interested�her 100 BOOK CHALLENGE enabled students to experience reading success and encouraged them to read more. Ms. Hileman and her colleagues used daily conferencing and assessment sessions to coach each student and to ensure that the shared curriculum met their needs. They were offered inexpensive prizes as incentives for reading a certain number of books. Families were supported in establishing the home routines essential to sustained reading and long-term academic success and as academic partners. As a result, even the most reluctant of students got hooked on reading through Ms. Hileman�s 100 BOOK CHALLENGE, and soon, all the second-graders had dramatically improved their reading scores.Key to the vision of Ms. Hileman and her colleagues who launched 100 BOOK CHALLENGE was the importance of providing students with high-quality trade books that they could actually read, thereby immersing them in authentic literature from their earliest encounters with print and establishing sustained silent reading time in their classrooms. According to Anderson, Fielding, and Wilson (1988), students who begin reading a book in school are more likely to continue to read outside of school than students who do not begin a book in school. Unfortunately, research also suggests that too many teachers are not knowledgeable about children�s literature; they are not able to introduce students to the wealth of books available, and they may not recognize the effects of their teaching methods on students� attitude toward reading (Short and Pierce, 1990).Word of the 100 BOOK CHALLENGE spread, and Ms. Hileman was invited to bring the program into Philadelphia city schools, where her ideas for reading improvement were put to use in several of the district�s most economically challenged and lowest-performing schools. When two of the schools were recognized for doubling the percentage of students reading on or above grade level, 100 BOOK CHALLENGE was cited as one of the reasons behind the schools� successes. With the support of the William Penn Foundation, 100 BOOK CHALLENGE spread to more than 70 Philadelphia schools. In 1998, the Abell Foundation of Baltimore asked Ms. Hileman to implement her program in ten Baltimore City schools. Over the years, American Reading Company has developed a comprehensive repertoire of teaching and learning frameworks, curriculum materials, and professional development services. These frameworks, materials, and services propel the accelerated academic achievement of all students, especially English Language Learners and students receiving special education services. Successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards through rigorous grade-level instruction and differentiated support prepares students for Next Generation Assessments by working with teachers to develop their skills and become expert instructors. Operated by a team of 137 employees, and anchored on an 11-acre campus in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, ARC serves 631 school districts in 43 states and the District of Columbia�a reach that extends to 3642 schools each school day.

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