Book Reading of “A Business of Leaders”: Strategy for Creating a Culture of Greater Business Success in the Turbulence of the 21st Century

 Join them on Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. for a presentation on business leadership by Ron Robinson. Would you like to improve your business numbers and market position with happier and more productive people? Unfortunately, even 20 years into this New World economy, people are managed with the traditional 20th Century model of Plan, Organize, Direct and Control. A model that slows the implementation of critical decisions when speed is a necessity. But there is great news. Using a new model for leading organizations through frequent and demanding change, you can achieve greater business success.

The book, “A Business of Leaders,” describes what the author learned from losing everything and how he created a business model that assists companies to become nimbler and thrive in today’s new world of continuous uncertainty. Every leadership team implementing the model has created a culture for success with greater capacity, improved business numbers, and market position in the turbulence of the 21st century.

An active speaker on business leadership, Robinson has traveled the globe, improving and turning around Fortune 500, mid-sized, and non-profit organizations. To reserve copies of “A Business of Leaders,” please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

Date of Event: April 20 at 5:30 p.m.

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Hey Amira, Help My Child with Reading! New A.I. Reading Tutor App Empowers 5- to 10-year-olds to Strengthen Their Reading Skills

”Getting my children to set aside daily reading time has always been a challenge, especially in the summer months when they’re even more active,” said Tabetha Ross, a Denver parent to two young children using Amira and the StoryCraft. “But they love Amira’s game-focused approach and it’s become one of the first activities they want to do when they get home, which is a huge help in getting them ready for school this fall.”

Amira Learning, the company behind Amira, the first-of-its-kind digital reading assistant that listens, assesses & tutors announces today an updated version of its at-home app, Amira and the StoryCraft. The app is a new spin on its scientifically proven software for improving literacy. Now anyone with access to the App Store can download it for free. The Amira and the StoryCraft app combines the joy of reading with a fun and interactive game with data-backed learning tools tailored to each child’s individual reading level.

While the full extent of COVID-19’s negative impact on learning isn’t yet fully understood, a recent study from Stanford found that reading fluency among second-and third-graders in the U.S. is ~30 percent behind what it would be in a typical year. As many schools prepare to return to in-person learning, getting young students up-to-speed and on track with their reading ability has never been more critical.

“Many of the country’s top school districts are already utilizing Amira Learning’s software to accelerate the pace of reading growth among students,” said Mark Angel, CEO and Co-Founder of Amira Learning. ”Amira and the StoryCraft is a continuation of our mission to use intelligent tech to identify a child’s unique learning style and provide individualized coaching to help them build critical reading skills.”

The app, which is an extension of the classroom software in use today by 300 school districts, leverages over 20 years of research from Carnegie Mellon and has been proven to double the pace of reading growth for children with just 10 minutes of use per day. Through a combination of A.I., 20+ different tutoring techniques, and speech recognition, Amira and the StoryCraft is able to catch mistakes or mispronunciations and provide real-time assistance. The software draws from hundreds of different stories from beloved publishers like Highlights Magazine and Rebel Girls to curate stories while rewarding readers with celebratory achievements to encourage them to keep progressing. The dashboard also ensures parents are included in every step of their child’s reading journey with access to custom reports documenting their child’s progress and achievements. 

”Getting my children to set aside daily reading time has always been a challenge, especially in the summer months when they’re even more active,” said Tabetha Ross, a Denver parent to two young children using Amira and the StoryCraft. “But they love Amira’s game-focused approach and it’s become one of the first activities they want to do when they get home, which is a huge help in getting them ready for school this fall.”

All-New Amira and the StoryCraft Journey

Building upon the Amira classroom experience that children have come to love, the app invites players to fly an airship through a storybook world, read stories aloud to power their journey, and work with Amira to build the reading skills needed for the ultimate showdown with the infamous villain, Dr. Backfire.

All-new interactive app features include:

  • Unlocking new characters, quests, and game leveling, enticing players to keep exploring and reading.

  • Reading comprehension Game Show quiz that allows players to battle robots 

  • Leaderboard to spur healthy competition and create incentives for players.

  • Dynamic coach and skill-building activities to help children become better readers and surpass goals

  • Reading motivations and funny encouragement videos at just the right time to keep readers engaged with a growth mindset.

A limited-time 30-day free trial is currently being offered to demonstrate how the Amira and the StoryCraft app can help children become masterful and motivated readers, and after that, the subscription price is $7.99 per month.

For more information or to subscribe today, visit or download Amira and the StoryCraft from the App Store. 

About Amira Learning 

Founded by a team of former engineers and executives from Pearson, IBM, ACT, and Renaissance, and built from a foundation of 20 years of research from Carnegie Mellon, Amira Learning is on a mission to help close the 32 million person literacy gap in America by creating personalized and engaging reading experiences for children. 

Headquartered in San Francisco, the company is currently being used by 300 school districts, 49 states, and 3 countries globally and has raised over $20M in venture capital with previous investments from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Google Assistant Fund, Amazon Alexa Fund, GSV AcceleraTE, Rethink Education and Owl Ventures. To learn more about Amira, visit

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Reading in English and Spanish…is Fun and Easy

Good news for language teachers and parents who are searching for an easy, workbook; “Learning to Read in English and Spanish Made Easy” will keep you covered. This reference book does not only cater to language instructors but also to tutors and self-teach students who prefer a much simpler roadmap. Language specialists always have the belief that younger students may have difficulties and might encounter a steep learning curve, but eventually overcome these concerns by practice reading. This is true of every language the student is learning.

The workbook provides various learning methods and techniques that are tailored for each student according to their learning variables in both Spanish and English. The material provides multiple reading exercise charts that lessens the difficulty. Charts were also added to track the students’ progress They may be a bit intimidating at first but as the student goes through the directions, they become intuitive along the way. By constant reading practice in either language, the charts will result to rhythmic repetitions, especially in English vowel sounds in reading charts. The child becomes more intuitive, so learning is a lot less painful.

Spanish and English are some of the most widely spoken languages in the planet. When reading is enjoyable, learning is quicker and writing becomes second nature. Initially patience is a must, but once the method is learned, progress becomes much easier, faster and more fluid. The teacher will easily be able to monitor each reader’s progress. And most importantly, by fusing the three factors: reading, comprehension and writing, each student will have a better chance of having a successful learning experience, not just for their personal reading benefit but for other future endeavors as well.

“Learning to Read in English and Spanish Made Easy” is the most intuitive learn-to-read workbook available that is specifically designed for students who want to improve their language skills in either Spanish and/ or English. It is a great addition to any language improvement center or your growing self-help library. Own a copy today!

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Learning to Read in English and Spanish Made Easy: A Guide for Teachers, Tutors and Parents
Author: Susie G. Navarijo
Publisher: Your Online Publicist
Publication Date: October 2020

About the Author
Susie G. Navarijo is a retired first-grade teacher. She taught thirty years at Cable Elementary in the Northside District in San Antonio, Texas, where she was one of the first bilingual teachers in the district. In 1986 she was selected Bilingual Teacher of the Year for the San Antonio Area Association for Bilingual Education. Because she had to divide her groups into English and Spanish, as well as by ability, she developed methods that allowed her to stress commonalities in both languages.

Mrs. Navarijo received her Bachelors of Education degree in 1972 and her Masters of Education degree in 1979 from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She is certified as an Elementary Bilingual/ESL teacher. After retirement, her love of children and success in teaching brought her to tutor migrant children. This book will allow Mrs. Navarijo to pass along her successful method, as well as her experiences, with other teachers, tutors, and parents in the hope that her belief that every child can learn will become a reality in every classroom in America.