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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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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