Even the most enthusiastic student might not be excited about reading a handful of books and writing a book review. So what’s a teacher to do?

Keep reading to find out why teachers are assigning Read to Lead over the summer instead of a book list! 

Deeply Engage and Combat Learning Loss

The long break from school is refreshing for students and teachers no doubt, but along with this comes the dreaded summer slide. Going weeks without picking up a book or doing anything more stimulating than watching YouTube videos can be detrimental, but motivating students to continue their learning through their vacations can be a challenge. That’s why educators love Read to Lead learning games as a way to combat summer learning loss!

Fun – check!

Engaging – check!

Educational – check!

Builds literacy and leadership skills – check!

Choose from a library of immersive learning games depending on the skills your students need to polish up or assign summer reading playlists based on Lexile range, grade level, or career paths. The interactive platform engages students’ hearts and minds and working through different storylines captures their imagination – they won’t even notice they’re reading 5,000 words in the course of each game! Trust us, this will be one summer vacation homework that your students will be begging for!

Know Where Each Student Stands

What if there was a way to know where each of your new students stand before the school year even started? Read to Lead’s data reports lets you keep track of students’ progress even when you’re not physically in the classroom with them!


Use the Class Progress Report to track which episodes students have completed and the specific reading standard associated with it. For more in-depth information on individual student performance within the class, tap into the Performance Report. This feature can also be used to group students of different capabilities and offer tailored support and guidance on specific tasks or reading standards. Get a laser-focused look at each student’s progress and performance with the Student Activity Report. Check out the time they spent on each task, how well they performed on each task, and even review their written responses from this dashboard. With such detailed student performance reports that show exactly how each student is performing, you’ll know how best to support them in the new school year! Way to start the year off on the right foot!

Build Social-Emotional Learning & Encourage Career Exploration

Summer is not just a time for students to close learning gaps and play catch up with schoolwork – it is also a great opportunity to nurture the whole child. Build students’ social emotional-learning (SEL) while giving them a taste of what it’s like to be “the boss” in an interactive virtual workplace with Read to Lead.

How do you decide how to allocate finances within a tight budget?What’s the best way to mobilize volunteers and distribute resources in a crisis?When there is a conflict between staff members, how can you resolve the situation fairly and keep the peace?

Students tackle difficult questions like these and navigate complex challenges within different workplaces as they get a better understanding of some career options and the skills necessary to thrive in the modern workplace. Read to Lead offers students a safe space to make mistakes and learn from them as they cultivate essential life skills through summer reading.

There’s no reason reading in summer needs to be a chore for students. Fun, engaging, and enriching – Read to Lead is the quintessential summer reading companion for your students! Sign up today for a free educator account and get started building your students’ literacy, life, and career skills!

About Read to Lead

Read to Lead uses the power of game-based learning to empower middle school students to build literacy, life, and career skills. Teachers can sign up for a free account to get started!