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Literacy, life, and career skills for the leaders of tomorrow

Our Mission

Our nonprofit aims to help students in high-poverty communities develop literacy and leadership skills. By creating digital learning games and curriculum set in the professional world and supporting educators in creating student-centered classrooms, we invite students to take charge of their learning.

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Our History

In 1992, Lewis W. Bernard founded Read to Lead (at the time known as Classroom, Inc.), with the insight that the simulation software used to train his company’s global workforce could be adapted to help students succeed in school and prepare for their careers. In partnership with Columbia Teachers College and Bank Street College of Education, Read to Lead created the first generation of learning games where students became the boss in a virtual workplace. Through Read to Lead, the organization has now helped more than 1 million students nationwide develop literacy and leadership skills (and come a long way from floppy disks).

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Your gift gives middle schoolers the chance to be the boss of a virtual world while building literacy, life, and career skills.

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