"March into Literacy Month" by following @MHEducation on Twitter

Published March 11, 2013

By Communications Team

Now that we’re back from SXSWedu and mostly recovered from all of the great discussions, events and barbecue, we’re excited to share some of our plans for national “March into Literacy Month,” a time when educators, learning companies and nonprofits come together to address one of the most pressing issues facing us today: solving the literacy problem in America.

According to the International Reading Association, about 40 percent of high school graduates lack the literacy skills sought by employers. In the U.S., an estimated 32 million adults are unable to read, and more than 780 million of the world’s adults do not know how to read or write. And while the advent of the Common Core State Standards will undoubtedly help us make progress toward solving the literacy problem by promoting more advanced reading skills, implementing and meeting these standards will require commitment and collaboration.

To address these issues, McGraw-Hill has worked with some of the most well-renowned authors in the literacy field – including a few who actually helped develop the Common Core State Standards – to develop programs built from the ground-up to promote the higher-level understanding and advanced reading skills required by the Common Core State Standards and help solve the literacy problem in this country.

This fall, classrooms across the country will be using programs like McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders (K-6) and the new SRA FLEX Literacy™ intervention system (Grades 3-8), which provide teachers and students with the best and most comprehensive English Language Arts resources on the market in order to ensure that students are strong readers, critical thinkers and prepared to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive global economy.

But there’s always more to be done. That’s why we’re excited to announce a special “March into Literacy Month” social media campaign. For every new follower we gain on the McGraw-Hill Twitter account (@MHEducation) during the month of March, we will donate $1.00 to The National Center for Family Literacy. In addition, we’ll spend the month tweeting facts, research, commentary and other interesting and important tidbits about literacy in the age of the Common Core.

The National Center for Family Literacy has helped more than 1 million families make educational and economic progress by pioneering – and continuously improving – family literacy programs. Their emphasis is on family literacy for a simple reason – study after study shows that family, home and community are the true drivers of a child’s education. It is their goal to not only provide every family with the opportunity to learn, but the ability to learn and grow together.

We’ll be sharing updates in the weeks ahead about our progress. In the meantime, help us spread the word about this campaign and help us tackle an issue that’s deeply important to us and to our nation’s future.