The Gender Equity Reading Initiative (GERI) is a program developed by Safe Haven Ministries that utilizes children’s literature as a primary component of violence prevention. They have created a list of age-appropriate books for children and teens that explore alternatives to violent conflict. The selected books promote gender equity, leadership, respecting boundaries, and community connectedness. These shared values in turn help to reduce the impact of harm upon youth and their families.
GERI was looking to build an online platform that would engage the reader into deeper learning experiences with the materials while also providing valuable insights into how users were using the website.
Using the Learndash platform, CurlyHost built a bright and culturally sensitive site that features an online curriculum to support readers and families. Users are able to register, login, and create a profile that tracks their progress through each lesson and saves their place where they left off. Books are categorized by both age level and theme, to create an easily browsable site that allows users to find pertinent books that they may not know about.
All books are available to all users, but a user must enroll in a book to save the book to the profile. This feature allows users to save only books that they find age-appropriate and interesting. This also enables feedback to the site owner about how users are engaging with the site and what material is most engaging.