Rethink Reading

Randi Bender

Randi Bender believes that knowledge is power, and the first step to acquiring knowledge is the ability to read proficiently. As the director of the Reading Plus Editorial Team, Randi leads a talented group of editors and writers who are passionate about delivering engaging and informative content to a widely diverse group of students. She is committed to providing texts that teach students not only how to be better readers, but also how to be the very best version of themselves they can be. She helps students discover who they are today, what they can be tomorrow, and how they can make a positive difference in the world. Randi joined Reading Plus more than a decade ago. During this time, she has helped shape the content libraries for SeeReader and InSight, and has been involved in developing the mission and strategy for these programs as well as other Reading Plus teaching tools. She is an avid reader and lifelong learner who works every day to expand her knowledge about the world. She and her family live on Long Island, New York.
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Recent Posts

Get Lost! (In a Good Book)

Posted by Randi Bender on May 10, 2017 6:35:00 AM

One of the greatest pleasures is to get lost in a good book. Getting lost because of a good book can also be satisfying – I know, because it happened to me. I was commuting home after a long day at work, re-reading one of my favorite books, Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis. The words on the pages pulled me into the story, and I was soon transported from the overcrowded bus to the world of George Babbitt and his fictional town of Zenith, which was so unlike my own hometown. About 50 pages later I glanced up from the text and realized I had missed my bus stop. Of course, there was a silver lining to this misadventure: I was able to read even more pages on the bus ride back to my own neighborhood.

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Topics: Research

How is Peach Ice Cream Connected to Student Reading Choice?

Posted by Randi Bender on May 5, 2017 6:00:00 AM

My father-in-law, Ira Bender, knew the answer. Although he's no longer with us, this story about his love for peach ice cream provides evidence that some kinds of choice are better than others.

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Topics: Research

Cognitive Domain: Tips For Building Lifelong Readers

Posted by Randi Bender on Nov 30, 2016 6:00:00 AM


Ask the right questions.

"It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” ~ Eugene Ionesco  


Students spend the first four years of school learning to read. They should spend the rest of their lives reading to learn. But they can’t learn from texts if they lack the skills needed for deep and meaningful comprehension. Our education system dedicates those critical first years of school to developing phonological awareness skills so students can recognize the words in texts. We must provide the same kind of skill-building focus on comprehension so students truly understand what they’re reading.

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Topics: Cognitive

The Power of Choice

Posted by Randi Bender on May 19, 2016 4:30:00 AM

My favorite childhood memories are the weekly visits to my family's local library branch in New York City. My mom and I would go there each Friday afternoon, and she always let me decide which books we'd bring home. Walking around the children's section, I'd stand in awe of the shelves loaded with books. So many choices! Such a place of joy!

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