- What makes this reading program different?
- What influenced the READ:IT team to develop the strategies and assessments in this program?
- How can I monitor the success of my students?
- What results can I expect?
- Is this program easy for teachers to implement in their classrooms?
- Does this curriculum fit the Common Core Standards?
- How does this course align with an RTI model?
- How does this course align with the National Reading Panel's findings?
- Is there systematic phonics instruction?
- Will this curriculum work with a child who has dyslexia?
- What type of training is provided?
- Does READ:IT meet my state’s standards if we do not use Common Core?
What makes this reading program different?
The Read:IT Program is unlike any of its kind in that it provides teachers with a very individualized approach to ALL students in the classroom. Using an RTI model, this curriculum has specified lesson plans for each of the three tiers per grade level. Each lesson uses a very systematic multi-sensory approach to phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. This program has over eleven years of evidence-based research and has proven over and over again to help even the most struggling reader—including those with dyslexia. Lessons are highly engaging for students.
How can I monitor the success of my students?
Read IT provides a beginning of the year assessment to determine which of the tiered lesson plans each student falls into. Ongoing assessments are provided and pacing is regulated in the daily lesson plans. Daily recommended scores are also provided to give teachers a guideline to monitor student progress.
What influenced the READ IT team to develop the strategies and assessments in this program?
READ IT was based on two questions:
- Why is it that some reading programs work for some kids and not others?
- Why do some children with average to above average IQ’s still struggle with reading?
Then through over 11 years of testing various strategies, we learned the following:
- There are only THREE reasons why students struggle to read and that is that they have a deficit in one or more of the following: auditory processing, visual processing, and/or language processing
- Each of the above processes can be strengthened with the correct strategy, however it is vital to use the correct strategy with the right process
- There is a correct pacing that needs to happen to ensure success
- Lessons must be highly engaging so that students do not become bored, thus avoiding many behavior issues
- Lessons and strategies must be efficient and practical for teachers to use
Thus the READ IT curriculum was born!
What results can I expect?
This program has been tested in both a clinical and classroom setting for over 11 years. On average, students in grades K-2 achieved grade level proficiency after 60 hours of instruction, and students in grades 3-5 achieved grade level proficiency after 90-120 hours--this includes students with dyslexia.
Is this program easy for teachers to implement in their classrooms?
The teacher friendly format of these lesson plans gives teachers the step by step instructions necessary to be effective with children at all levels of reading. Each component gives teachers the approximate time it takes to complete the lesson, the common core or state standard that is being taught, and provides ongoing assessment instructions to guarantee results. Easy to watch short instructional videos are also provided.
Does this curriculum fit the Common Core Standards?
Yes. The reading and spelling common core standards are implemented and listed on each daily lesson plan.
How does this course align with an RTI model?
Daily lessons are written for each grade level at each tier level. To see examples click the link below:
How does this course align with the National Reading Panel's findings?
Specific direct instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension is integrated in each of the daily lesson plans. Lessons are systematic and multi-sensory.
Is there systematic phonics instruction?
As shown in the above example, systematic phonics is taught at all three tiers of instruction. All five principles of English spelling is taken into account:
- Words' language of origin and history of use can explain their spelling.
- Words' meaning and part of speech can determine their spelling..
- Speech sounds are spelled with single letters and/or combinations of up to four letters.
- The spelling of a given sound can vary according to its position within a word.
- The spellings of some sounds are governed by established conventions of letter sequences and patterns.
Will this curriculum work with a child who has dyslexia?
Yes. As this curriculum uses a multi-sensory direct approach to instruction, and has a strong emphasis on phonemic awareness and systematic phonics instruction, it is extremely successful with students who have dyslexia.
What type of training is provided?
Teachers are provided with 6-9 hours of training prior to implementing READ IT. Ongoing professional development is also provided for as long as the school and/or district has a subscription to READ IT. Teachers are also provided with short videos to refresh the strategies and techniques that are unique to READ:IT.