Using Programs, Groups and Goals

A one-word definition for Reader Zone:  Flexibility.

Unlimited means unlimited.  

Reader Zone can handle an entire school or library district in on easy-to-use dashboard.

A single account can have an unlimited number of Reading Programs.  Each Reading Program can have an unlimited number of Reading Groups.  Each Reading group can have an unlimited number of participants (see the wonderful diagram below for a visual on the concept).

As you set-up your program it’s a good idea to keep the following in mind:

  1. It’s best to use as few Reading Programs as possible, then rely on multiple Reading Groups.  For example, a public library can host a single reading program and separate Reading Groups for toddlers, fourth-graders, adults, etc.  All these Reading Groups would be visible in the same organizer dashboard.  Different staff members can be authorized users over specific Reading Groups.  Of course, you can always make as many Reading Programs as you’d like–we won’t judge.
  2. Reading Programs, Reading Groups and Reading Goals can be edited or deleted anytime.  If you make a mistake, simply edit or delete it–no problem!

Names are important.  

Using clear and identifiable names for your Reading Programs and Reading Groups is important to your success.  You can even have a little fun with names.

Use a school mascot, street name or other unique aspect of your community for your Reading Program names, e.g. “Valley View Roadrunners”.  From there, make Reading Groups names specific, e.g. “Mr Giles”, “Purple Room”.  Teacher or classroom names are great in schools.  Specific age or grade groups work well in libraries, e.g. “Fourth Grade Readers”.

Goals are good.  

Reading Goals are the heart of what make Reader Zone work for families, schools and libraries.  It’s a good idea to make goals that challenge readers, but don’t overwhelm them.

Readers will see how they’re doing with goals in real time and know how much reading they need to reach a goal.  In order for a Reading Group to be visible to a participant, it must have an associated Reading Goal.