About Us

The Skinny on Reading Simplified

Hi! I’m Marnie Ginsberg, co-founder of Reading Simplified. If you’ve ever pondered these questions:

  • How can I teach my struggling reader(s)?
  • How can I know what is the best next activity for my beginning reader(s)?
  • What’s the fastest way to teach anyone to read?
  • What books should my student read now?
  • What apps can engage my students and teach them to read?

Or, if you’re just a fan of the teaching of reading like us, then…

You’re in the right place!

How Reading Simplified Can Serve You & the Readers You Teach

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Learning to read is the single most pivotal educational attainment of childhood. Yet, far too many of our children struggle, and honestly, fail to learn to read well. In the U.S., nearly 60% of all 4th grade students do not reach proficiency in reading, according to the Nation’s Report Card. Tragically, 82% of black 4th grade students and 74% of Hispanic 4th graders do not reach proficiency in reading….Woah….

It shouldn’t be this way.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Reading Simplified lights a path toward early, quick reading achievement, for students of all backgrounds. We’ve been classroom teachers, too—we know you don’t have any more time. So, our resources are tailored to:

  • Streamline your instructional decisions and teaching time, and
  • Accelerate your students’ achievement,

so that you have more time to enjoy reading to and with your students, teaching them every day with less stress, or, perhaps, finally slipping away to watch that movie everyone’s talking about.  Imagine!

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For decades, we’ve relentlessly pursued the question of

What are the most effective, fastest, and research-based techniques
for teaching anyone—yes anyone—how to read?

Rely on our heavy lifting to get the most out of your instructional time. Whether you want to optimize instruction for gifted or typically-developing learners or dig your struggling or dyslexic readers out of the hole they’re in, you will benefit from the videos, ideas, materials, and community at Reading Simplified.

If you subscribe to Reading Simplified (it’s free!!), you’ll get a weekly round-up of insights that offer you the latest in how to streamline instruction to accelerate reading achievement. AND, you will immediately receive a free PDF of our 7 Top Apps to Teach Reading (I use them with 4 to 10 year-olds every week).

About Marnie Ginsberg, Ph.D.

I am a reading teacher and researcher, writer and blogger, and wiMC Ginsberg_headshotfe and mom.

I have always loved to read, but I noticed early on that many children either do not like to read or are not very good at it, or both.  As I considered this a problem…a big problem…I set off to become to a teacher to change that. Just a little dream! 😉

As a public middle school teacher in the 90’s, I discovered that a focus on motivation and a reading workshop approach was still insufficient to overcome the hurdles facing many of my students who lacked early reading skills.  So, I began a private tutoring and consulting business and studied literacy further through doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina (UNC).  All along the way, I kept reading about the latest research or great teaching ideas and kept tinkering with my instruction. At UNC, I led the development of a unique K-2 reading intervention that provided webcam-based PD and coaching to teachers who deliver instruction to struggling readings in their classrooms.  Outcomes in multiple studies in top-tier research journals have demonstrated strong outcomes for struggling K-1 readers in all reading measures, including comprehension–effect sizes of .4 to .7 for the stats-geeks among us.  😉

Based on those experiences working classroom teachers in multiple states and working with children myself, the seeds for Reading Simplified were planted.

Today I live with my husband and three girls near snowy Madison, WI, where I became a big fan of the sun and Vitamin D for the first time. I like to read blogs and books, watch our kids’ soccer or volleyball games, walk and do yoga or pilates, and futz with the paleo approach. And, I aim to follow Christ.

Previous work and research has been featured or is ongoing here:

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About Christie Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

“Once an educator, always an educator” resonates strongly with me and how that has looked for me through decades now has changed somewhat, but there has been a consistent, dominant theme and ongoing quest to answer the question:

How can we, as a community of educators, improve literacy outcomes for ALL of our students?

As a parent, early childhood teacher, parent educator, special and elementary education teacher, college professor, researcher, and now educational consultant, I have focused on helping students learn to read or overcome reading difficulties AND supporting teachers and schools to implement research-based practices for improving language and literacy for children of all ages. I engage in direct contact with children and spend time in classrooms to maintain a strong connection between what we help teachers and schools do and implementing practices ourselves. Keeping it “real” helps me help other educators.

My teaching experiences span three decades, eight states, at least five different school/classroom settings, and three degrees: B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN; M.Ed. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Special Education (emphasis in early childhood and reading difficulties) from The University of Texas at Austin. While I’ve lived and taught in many places, I have discovered a pervasive need to continue my work supporting teachers and schools so that increasing numbers of students achieve literacy proficiency. We know quite a bit about what works already, so it is logical to focus on implementing what we already know, but in efficient and effective ways.

I currently live in Durham, NC, with my husband and we have two adult-aged daughters. My family has learned much about this wonderful world of reading because, as they will validate—I love reading, talk about reading, read about reading, and teach about reading, thus making it difficult for them NOT to know quite a bit about the topic. Knowledge and experience matter in the work that we do!

I am fortunate that our path has brought us here, connected me to Marnie to pursue this important work, and created the opportunity to share Reading Simplified with you. Although teaching reading is complex and requires a deep level of knowledge in language and literacy, we will simplify what you do to accelerate student learning.

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4 thoughts on “About Us

    • Karen, thank you for your interest! We are eager to have more videos and materials freely available on this site in upcoming blog posts. This will happen beginning in late Sept./early Oct, as we have a major book deadline this month. In addition, we will have a course for sale also available in the fall to show how to teach reading simply to beginning or struggling readers.

      Participants from our ILA pre conference institute will also receive the Reading Simplified Developmental Progression in the coming weeks.

      We hope you can stay tuned.