Our Why

Only one-third of students read at grade level due to systemic inequities. Our kids deserve better. We can and must eradicate illiteracy in our lifetime.

The Research

Research tells us that readers who do not exceed a certain decoding level – known as the decoding threshold – cannot access reading comprehension and won’t show growth in reading proficiency. We can change this. Read more about what we're learning.

The Solution

At Magpie, we’re developing research-based PK-8+ digital literacy tools that leverage students' unique characteristics to help them master the foundational reading skills they need to become strong, confident readers.

We've launched a supplemental digital tool that can be used in schools year-round to support the reading development of Kindergarten students. In 20+ minute sessions, students engage in developmentally appropriate instructional videos and educational games to address the key subcomponents of Kindergarten literacy: phonemic awareness, decoding and encoding, word chaining, letter formation, print concepts, high-frequency words, and meaningful reading experiences. In the future, we plan to develop this tool to be used with grade levels through eighth grade.

Say Hello!

Is your school or organization interested in using our digital tools? Are you a parent or community member interested in learning more about our work? Send us a note to get started.

Who we are

We are a team of educators, researchers, and product developers on a mission to unlock the great reader in every child.

In the news

What's the state of literacy in America today, and how did we get here? Magpie founder and CEO Rebecca Kockler explains it all and envisions a path forward in this episode of "No One Is Coming To Save Us," the hit podcast that explores childcare in the United States.

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