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NIE, which stands for Newspapers in Education, is a cooperative effort between schools and newspapers to promote the use of newspapers as an educational resource. NIE began in the 1950's when a study was done showing that 30-40 percent of students did not read outside of the classroom. Today, there are more than 950 NIE programs in the United States that, in total, provide newspapers to 40% of public schools in the country.
Newspapers, sometimes called the "living textbook" can be utilized for any subject of learning. NIE is designed to assist educators in using newspapers to integrate reading, writing and critical thinking skills into all subject areas and give students the chance to apply those skills to realities outside of the classroom. Studies show that students who use the newspaper as an educational tool have better achievement scores in social studies, language arts and mathematics than their counterparts who use only textbooks.
We, at The Times Leader, saw the benefits of Newspapers in Education so we began our own NIE program in 2002. We are proud to offer this program free of charge to educators within our delivery area. Each week, more than 5,500 copies of The Times Leader are delivered to area schools
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