Follett Partners with

The Classroom Library Company to

Launch Exclusive New Classroom Solutions

Engaging, thought provoking literature collections customized for K-12 classrooms


  1. LOUIS, Mo., July 16, 2015 –As part of its introduction of the Follett Classroom Libraries new product line, Follett today announced it would be partnering with The Classroom Library Company (CLC), a St. Louis-based distributor and publisher of educational media correlated to state and national standards. The announcement coincides with the start of the annual International Literacy Association (ILA) Conference, where both companies will be exhibiting.

“Follett Classroom Libraries responds to an important trend in the K-12 classroom marketplace, and enhances our company’s credibility as a solution and service provider leader throughout the K-12 ecosystem,” said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of content services and solutions for Follett. “We sought out The Classroom Library Company as a partner for its commitment to high-interest, engaging classroom library content and its proven experience providing leading-edge collections.”

Qaimari said Follett’s unveiling of its new product line is driven in part by the need for more supplemental content to help support local and national standards, which emphasizes the need for schools to have a wide range of texts and extensive selections of books to support all students’ literacy development in key subject areas and reading interests. He noted CLC’s pre-built, custom book sets are ready-to-use upon delivery, and conveniently labeled by theme, genre, authors, series, units of study and levels, including Guided Reading Levels (GRL), Lexile, and Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA).

“We are a 3½-year-old startup and the opportunity with Follett is the biggest news for our company to date,” said Benjamin Conn, CEO, The Classroom Library Company. “Our goal is to get children reading at an early age, so they are able to acquire the skills needed to compete in the 21stcentury. We’re thrilled that partnering with a company such as Follett accomplishes our objective of reaching a dramatically wider reach for our high-quality content.”

Conn added his company’s pedagogically sound book sets are not available via online retail booksellers. Further, he notes all titles are designed to meet individual students’ reading level needs and provide them exposure to engaging and diverse texts, while teachers are supported with time-saving guides and assessments. CLC has created and designed more than 5,000 collections exclusively for Follett.

Follett will make the CLC content available to customers beginning Sept. 1.

Both companies will be exhibiting at the ILA Conference, which starts Saturday (July 18): Follett at booth #823, CLC at booth #620.

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About The Classroom Library Company|
The Classroom Library Company is an educator owned and operated company that publishes and distributes educational media correlated to the new Common Core Standards. Its products consist of high interest educational materials available to the K-8 marketplace. The Classroom Library Company provides new and exciting educational materials have been created to educate children under the guise of favorite children’s characters and compelling themes.

About Follett’s PreK-12 Business|
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About Follett Corporation|

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.


Davenport Community School District Enlists Graduation Alliance for Dropout Reengagement Initiative

After cutting dropout rate in half, Iowa’s third-largest district to enhance online credit recovery and robust student supports to drive graduation goals

Graduation Alliance, experts in career planning and alternative education helping students prepare for employment opportunities, has been selected byDavenport Community School District (DCSD) to expand its Student Reengagement Program. This initiative is the latest in DCSD’s continuing strategy to improve graduation rates and will provide in-district students under the age of 21 the opportunity to complete their diplomas through online classes.

Guided by a dedicated Dropout Prevention Task Force, DCSD has developed a multi-pronged approach to reengaging and supporting dropouts who have struggled to succeed in traditional secondary education programs. The district cut its dropout rate in half between 2010 and 2013, and is continuing to expand its strategy to overcome barriers represented by poverty.

With the help of budget-neutral solutions delivered by Graduation Alliance, the district will offer a standards-aligned, fully accredited online program, providing a more flexible path to diploma attainment. As part of the program, students will receive wireless-enabled laptops so that they can complete their studies while accounting for their own individual circumstances.

“We are excited by the potential of this new partnership,” said Dr. Art Tate, superintendent of Davenport Community Schools. “Graduation Alliance’s program is a game-changer, offering yet another opportunity for students who have left school to reengage and earn the high school diploma they need to be successful.”

Dr. Tate worked closely with the DCSD school board and Graduation Alliance leadership to ensure that all curriculum and student supports meet Iowa Department of Education standards. DCSD will formally announce the partnership this August at its annual Graduation Destination Event.

“Community-focused, innovative partners like Davenport Community School District are critical to Graduation Alliance’s continued success,” said Keith Myers, senior vice president of Graduation Alliance. “The flexibility of our solution and the individualized supports we provide each student – from academic to socio-emotional – naturally dovetail with Davenport’s commitment to continuously improve graduation rates. We’re pleased to participate in this next chapter of their continued success”.

For more information regarding DCSD’s Graduation Destination Event, which will take place August 15, 2015, visit this link.

About Graduation Alliance
Graduation Alliance strengthens communities, states and the economy by preparing and empowering tomorrow’s workforce. Through highly effective postsecondary planning, alternative education and training programs, Graduation Alliance ensures every student has an opportunity to succeed during and after high school. For more information about Graduation Alliance, visit

About Davenport Community School District
The Davenport Community School District (DCSD) is the third largest school district in the State of Iowa. The District serves nearly 16,000 students, preschool through 12th grade, in four communities. DCSD’s legacy stretches back to its founding in 1858. Since that time, the district has offered its diverse community of students unmatched opportunities in core academic areas, as well as nationally recognized Project Lead The Way/STEM programs, fine arts, culinary arts, and a strong athletics legacy. For more information about Davenport Community School District, visit