Fast ForWord From Scientific Learning Corp. Receives Second Consecutive Readers Choice Award from District Administration - Tech Learning

Fast ForWord From Scientific Learning Corp. Receives Second Consecutive Readers Choice Award from District Administration

For the second year in a row, Fast ForWord, the neuroscience-based reading intervention program from Scientific Learning Corp., has been named a Readers Choice Top Product Award Winner by District Administration magazine.
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Oakland, Calif. — Dec. 8, 2015 — The Fast ForWord® program from Scientific Learning Corp. (OTC PINK:SCIL) has been named a Readers’ Choice Top Product by District Administrationmagazine for the second year in a row. Fast ForWord uses the principles of neuroplasticity — the ability of the brain to rewire and improve — to target the root causes of slow academic progress in struggling students and English language learners.

Winners of the Readers’ Choice Top Products were selected from more than 2,100 nominations received from District Administration readers over the past year. The annual awards program informs K-12 school superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in areas such as technology, instruction and assessment.

“The Fast ForWord program has been lauded for its validity and effectiveness, and indeed, it’s the What Works Clearinghouse’s top ranking English language development intervention. However, it is doubly rewarding to us to know that administrators and school leaders recognize how valuable Fast ForWord is in helping address the root causes of students’ difficulties,” said Robert C. Bowen, CEO of Scientific Learning Corp. “We are grateful to District Administration and its readers for this award.”

The Fast ForWord program was developed by neuroscientists to address reading skills while concurrently developing memory, attention, processing and sequencing skills. Students who use the program make fast progress, producing significant changes in academic results in as little as six weeks. They continue to make gains long after finishing the program.

“Maintaining a high level of achievement is difficult,” said Dr. Vickie Reed, superintendent of Murray County Public Schools in Chatsworth, Georgia. “We use Fast ForWord not only to address the needs of struggling readers, but to support all students to help them meet and exceed the standards in reading. In our own research, we see a strong correlation between students’ use of the Fast ForWord program and improved performance on state tests.”

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