An Online Learning Community as Support for At-Risk Students’ Literacy Growth: Findings, Implications, and Challenges

  • William H. Teale
  • Katie Lyons
  • Linda Gambrell
  • Nina Zolt
  • Rebecca Olien
  • Donald J. Leu
Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 7)


In2Books is an online learning environment that brings together 9–12-year-old students in American elementary schools with adult mentors for the purpose of reading, responding to, and writing about children’s books in order to promote higher-level thinking and achievement related to literacy. Over the 10 years of its development, In2Books has focused especially on helping children from economically at-risk home backgrounds. This chapter discusses a series of three studies that have examined program impact on student achievement and engagement, as well as a variety of factors involved in constructing an online environment that is designed to be both user-friendly and educationally impactful. It addresses especially five crucial issues that have arisen in this process that we feel are instructive for future development related to online learning environments that intend to promote literacy skill in elementary school-age children.


Professional Development Reading Comprehension Grade Level Small Group Discussion Online Learning Environment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William H. Teale
    • 1
  • Katie Lyons
    • 2
  • Linda Gambrell
    • 3
  • Nina Zolt
    • 4
  • Rebecca Olien
    • 4
  • Donald J. Leu
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.National Teachers AcademyChicago Public SchoolsChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Clemson UniversityClemsonUSA
  4. 4.ePalsWashingtonUSA
  5. 5.University of ConnecticutStorrs, MansfieldUSA

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