Woohoo, we’re so excited you’re here! You’re about to empower the next generation of readers and leaders, and we’re here for it! Here’s your quick start guide to getting up and running in 5 easy steps.  

Step 1: Create your class

Once you’re logged in to your new Read to Lead account, you’re ready to create your first class.

  1. Select ‘Create New Class’
  2. Enter Class Name and supporting details, then click ‘Create New Class and Invite Students’

Step 2: Enroll your students

There are 4 easy options in how you enroll your students. Choose an option to get started! 

Option 1: Send an email invitation

Enter each student’s email address separated by a comma. Your students will receive this email:

Option 2: Import a CSV class roster

Use our CSV template to add your whole class. Once you’ve uploaded your CSV roster successfully, students will be invited to join Read to Lead via email.

Option 3: Share a class code or link with your students (your fastest option!)

Once your students click on or enter the class code in their browser, they will be prompted to create a username and password.

Option 4: Manually enter student names

Enter each student’s first and last name. Our system will automatically generate usernames and passwords for each student. Remind students to keep their username and password somewhere they can easily find it.

Students can access their Read to Lead account anytime by going to rtlgames.org

You are able to view every student’s username and passwords within your class roster. You can change student’s passwords here if needed. Students will be prompted to create their own username and password. Once your students do this, their usernames and passwords will appear on your class roster.

Step 3: Choose a game

Here’s our favorite part… it’s time to choose a game. 

Navigate over to the Activities tab in the homepage view. In the Activities view, you can navigate to 44 Read to Lead games.

With each Read to Lead game, students read 5,000 words, make 10 leadership decisions, and practice Reading Anchor Standards. If students read their way through 12 episodes, that’s equivalent to completing a middle school chapter book! By playing Read to Lead, students can explore over 50 careers across the public service, medical and journalism fields.

You’ll find two options on the Activities page to navigate activities either by “series” or  “objective.” You can use these filters to search by the games by series, grade level, Common Core Standard, and Lexile levels.

In the top panel of the series hub, shown above, you’ll find:

1. Summary: A brief description of the series and student responsibilities as the boss.

2. Starring Characters: Students will be the boss of a diverse staff. These character profiles will help build context about each character’s background and role at work.

3. Game Overview and Pacing Guide PDFs: Game Overview outlines the skills and standards addressed in each game along with sample pacing guides to simplify planning.

The middle panel, depicted below, includes menus for series-level resources. 

Each series includes the following resources:

1. Games: 30-minute digital workplace learning experiences where students become the boss, read, write, solve problems, and think critically.

2. Introductory Lessons: Collaborative activities that set students up for success by building background knowledge, introducing vocabulary, and exploring leadership traits.

3. Enrichment Projects: Three engaging projects where students work together to apply their leadership skills and positively impact their community.

4. Literacy Skill-Building Lessons: Close reading and reading intervention lessons provide practice in making inferences, citing evidence, interpreting words and phrases, analyzing word choice, and evaluate the content.

We know you’re busy, that’s why we’ve made sure each game comes with resources like a Lesson Plan, Student Worksheets, Play Guide, and after game Discussion Worksheet. Be sure to explore the Game Detail page to access the following resources:

  • Before, Play and After supplementary lessons
  • Game Preview
  • Instructional alignment details
  • “How-To”/FAQ page links
  • Answer Key
  • Student worksheets
  • Quickwrite graphic organizers
  • Certification of Completion

Step 4: Assign your student their first game

Once you’ve chosen your game you want to assign, click the assign button. 

Enter the class name that will play this game along with any specific instructions or reminders. Click Assign Game.

You can then track each student’s completion progress in your Assignments tab.

We know what you’re thinking… how will students receive assignments?

Easy! Students will have their own assignment dashboard so they know exactly what to work on and can view their own progress.

  1. Students access their assignments within their Read to Lead account.
  2. Once logged in, students should click on “Dashboard” in the top navigation bar. Students can read the note from you and then select “Play Game” to begin.
  3. Students can read the note from you and then select “Play Game” to begin.

Step 5: Gain student insights and reporting 

Read to Lead offers you formative assessment data so you can continually adapt your instruction to meet the needs of your students. You can find all your data reports by clicking on Reports tabs in the top navigation.

The hallmark of our instructional model is the standards-aligned formative assessment embedded within each game. This assessment doesn’t feel like a traditional test but rather an authentic workplace task like gathering evidence for a report or editing a project plan. As students complete the task, you are receiving their results in real-time.

The Performance by Game Report is a classroom management tool. It provides a quick overview of how many games students have completed in a series while the Performance by Common Core Standard Report helps you identify how well your class or an individual student is performing on each assessed standard in reading.

Clicking on a student’s score lets you see in detail their answers for the workplace task and quick write.  There is also a button that lets you toggle between the answer key view and the student’s answer choice view.

Did you know students read 5,000 words in a single Read to Lead game?  Clicking on the Stats & Badges tab displays how many words your students are reading as a class. When students go to the Stats & Badges page in their view they can see how many words they read on their own. Badges can be printed, hung up, or sent home as a way to celebrate your student’s hard work!

Be sure to check the Leaderboard to see how many words your class has read compared to other classes across the nation. 

Join our Million Words Word Read Challenge simply by playing the Read to Lead games. Once your students read one million words collectively, we’ll send them awesome student prize packs and a gift card for you to hold a celebration for your class. What are you waiting for? Let’s do this!

Need additional support?

If you have any questions about using Read to Lead, please contact us at support@classroominc.org. 

About Read to Lead

Read to Lead, created by the nonprofit organization, Classroom Inc., uses the power of game-based learning to empower middle school students to build literacy, life, and career skills. Teachers can sign up for a free account to get started!