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iRead® harnesses the power of an “I can” attitude to create proficient, excited readers by Grade 3. Leveraging the motivating power of success, iRead’s adaptive technology adjusts instruction to meet children where they are and provides explicit instruction and guided practice to build mastery. Whether traveling through the program's virtual Beastie Hall classrooms with their personalized avatar or engaging in learning center activities with peers, children experience, share, and demonstrate success and develop the confidence needed for continued academic achievement.

Adaptive technology gives educators the power to instantly adjust instruction to meet individual needs as they arise.

iRead catapults children into an exciting, motivating, interactive learning environment.

Data driven and research based, iRead’s unique method proves its efficacy year after year.

Closing the Gap through Personalized Learning

Children's learning journeys are as unique as children themselves. By employing a powerful combination of personalized learning, embedded assessment, complementary technology, and the opportunity for small-group instruction, teachers are able to close the achievement gap before it has the chance to develop. Compliant with Universal Design for Learning recommendations, iRead technology puts success at every child’s fingertips. Whether they are English Learners, have special needs, or need grade-level support, iRead drives success every step of the way.

Foundational Principles
Personalized Progression

Children progress at an instructional pace that matches their readiness. Placed at the appropriate starting point by an initial screener, children’s proficiency dictates content skill level, pacing, and practice opportunities. Once mastery is demonstrated, students reflect on their progress and advance to the next level.

Embedded Assessment

Based on the FASTT algorithm, each child’s performance is continuously monitored in order to create customized pacing, instructional load, and content. Mastery is achieved as knowledge is systematically moved from short- to long-term memory.

Gaming Theory

Motivation surges as children are given the chance to create customizable reading buddy avatars to journey with them through the Beastie Hall program. Students collect accomplishments in a personal backpack and monitor their own progress.

Complementary Technology

Immediately accessible technology enhances teacher efficiency by placing growth charts, lesson plans, and resources for professional development at their fingertips.

Supportive Learning Environment

Involved families make the difference between struggling learners and proficient learners. By accessing the host of available resources on the Family Portal, family members can act as partners with teachers.

See what iRead has in store for your classroom.

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Close the gap through personalized learning

Backed by years of proven research and reliable data, iRead’s process of placement, instruction, and assessment guarantees a path to success for every child.

Welcome to Beastie Hall

Adaptive software allows for uniquely tailored instruction and practice for every child while a virtual staff of dynamic faculty members guide children through lessons targeting phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, phonics, decoding, word recognition, fluency, and morphological awareness.

Miss A

Ensures mastery of alphabet knowledge and phonological awareness.

Mr. Sounders

Teaches children the 44 sounds of the English language.

Professor Readwell

Builds on previous skills and leads children to reading success and enjoyment.

Mrs. Wordy

Teaches children to read and understand words by breaking them apart.

Mr. Seemore

Instructs children in word recognition of highly utilized and irregularly spelled words.

Coach Z

Guides children through the basics of letter recognition and phonological awareness.

Student Experience

WAGGLE + iRead

Waggle complements iRead with enhanced reporting for assessing growth and skill acquisition, text to speech for added accessibility, SEL hints for motivation, and auto-assign functionality for flexible implementation.

Teacher Experience

Family Experience

Family Room—a family-friendly part of HMH’s learning platform—supports diverse learning environments and makes at-home learning more manageable for families and caregivers by providing equitable, on-demand resources to help support their children.

With Family Room, families and caregivers can:
With Family Room, families and caregivers can:
  • Access their child’s learning via the student’s log in
  • Find simple, helpful, and equitable at-home learning resources in both English and Spanish
  • Explore tips and videos personalized to their child’s learning
Related Solutions

We know success doesn’t come from one solution, but from a network of support. When you select a program from HMH®, it’s the start of a relationship—one that helps you implement and raise achievement in the ways that work best for your district, school, or classroom.

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HMH Into Reading™

Using HMH Into Reading together with iRead gives teachers a complete set of tools for turning all students into strong readers, writers, listeners, and speakers with a lifelong passion for learning.

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System 44®

System 44 delivers foundational phonics instruction similar to iRead, but in a manner appropriate for older struggling readers.

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READ 180®

READ 180, the leading blended learning literacy intervention solution, reinforces your iRead toolkit by helping students two or more years behind become active, accomplished readers.

Waggle Cv

Waggle for Grades 2–8 offers supplemental practice and instruction that immerses students in personalized learning and maximizes teachers' time.

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Journeys, when paired with iRead, gives primary teachers all the tools and support they need to ensure children develop speaking, reading, and writing proficiency by Grade 3.

Experience iRead in action.

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Summer School

Mitigate learning loss through the summer with a digital solution

Adaptive technology meets your summer school students where they are and provides explicit instruction and guided practice to build mastery.

Learn more about iRead for summer school.


Research & Results

Proven results backed by the latest in literacy research

We stand firm in our dedication to creating data-driven, research-based literacy programs that easily integrate into every classroom. Founded on years of research demonstrating that foundational reading skills and access to dynamic and engaging technology are critical to lifelong success of students, iRead’s innovative technology offers teachers and students an effective, research-driven path to literacy.

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Authors Advisors

Authors & Advisors

Leveraging the best thinking from foundational reading experts

Developed with the knowledge of nationally recognized experts in foundational reading, iRead connects teachers with the best minds in literacy research.

Dr. Ted Hasselbring
Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt University; HMH Learning Sciences & Research Advisory Board
Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams
Visiting Professor, Brown University
Dr. Julie Washington
Professor, Language and Literacy Initiative, Department of Educational Psychology - Georgia State University; HMH Learning Sciences & Research Advisory Board
Dr. David Dockterman
Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Phyllis C. Hunter
Program Consultant, Children's Literacy
Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan
Director, Valley Speech Language and Learning Center
Laura Goin
Instructional Designer, Independent Consultant
Dr. Anne Cunningham
Professor, University of California, Berkeley; HMH Author
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