Read Right Reading Intervention
The Right Kind of Help K-12 Students Need to Eliminate the Reading Problem
Read Right Methods Fix the Root Cause of Reading Problems
When humans learn to perform any kind of activity, we build a “network” in the brain to guide the doing of it. A “network” is a complex system of neurons that fire automatically and in sequence to guide all the activities we perform (including reading). Understanding how neuronal networks are built is essential to correct all reading problems. In 2005, Read Right’s developer, Dr. Dee Tadlock, was the first to publish and publicly explain how this must work for the development of excellent reading ability. She did so after three years of inquiry and 20-plus years success guiding teams in highly effective reading intervention.
Her intensive study revealed that the root cause of every reading problem is a neuronal network incorrectly built to guide the act of reading. More directly: In childhood, when the network for reading is initially built, it is either built correctly or errors are encoded into the neural system. Read Right methodology compels the struggling reader’s brain to remodel the neuronal network so it yields excellent reading each and every time it is accessed to make reading happen.
Excellent reading means the reader:
- Is 100% internally comfortable as she reads
- Understands the author’s message at a literal level (assuming sufficient background knowledge to enable understanding)
- When reading out loud, sounds natural, like conversational speech.
How is this possible? The natural plasticity of the human brain. However, the learning environment must be precise and correctly structured to help the brain figure out what it must do to compel the right kind of work. The brain’s natural adaptability is what makes it possible for virtually everyone to improve reading ability at any age. Importantly, for a reading intervention program to achieve rapid success (elimination of the reading problem in months instead of years), it must set the right goal or outcome for the struggling reader. Read Right methodology does this by providing an immersive environment and highly structured methods focused on full fluency and accurate comprehension. Sufficient phonics knowledge is needed, but the goal for our students is not to decode or sound out individual words. Thus, our methods shift the focus away from a single brain region associated with the sounds of speech and individual words to the complex use of multiple brain regions–including the various regions where knowledge about subject matter is stored–to achieve understanding of text in the moment, each and every time a reader reads. What our founder, Dr. Dee Tadlock, has developed is an integrated, relatively quick and complete system to achieve permanent elimination of the reading problem.
To understand more fully how the Read Right Program is significantly different from other reading intervention programs, visit the Theoretical Constructs page of this web site.
Read Right Works for All Ages and for Every Category of Learner
Read Right has had demonstrated success with students of all ages–children, teens, and adults–no matter what label they wear. Participation in Read Right has transformed special education students, English language learners, RTI students (both tiers 2 & 3), title one students, and students who have no labels but don’t read as well as they would like to be able to. Advanced Placement students have voluntarily entered our programs because they are not totally excellent readers as manifested in excessive time spent on homework. Read Right is effective for anyone whose brain is not already reading excellently.
Read Right Has Had Impressive Success in Schools of All Types
Read Right has been successfully implemented in urban schools, rural schools, schools primarily serving Native-American students, schools with large Latino-Latina populations, schools serving significant number of African-American students, and in alternative schools.
Both Schools and Students Reap Major Benefits from Participation in Read Right
Schools that bring Read Right to their students virtually always enjoy the following benefits:
- Staff are given the information and skills required to construct instructional environments that will compel the students’ brains to figure out how to make excellent reading happen
- Parents are delighted with noticeable reading improvement for their children or teens
- Achievement gaps can be closed
- Administrators can meet Federal guidelines for Adequate Yearly Progress
Students who participate in Read Right intervention:
- Are transformed to excellent readers
- Enjoy enhanced self-esteem and confidence
- Create a solid foundation for academic success
- Are empowered to dream big about their futures
If you want to bring the Read Right intervention program to your students, there are three delivery systems to choose from:
- Live, real-time online tutoring
- Site-based small group intensive intervention (4 or 5 students served in one class period by one adult)
- Site-based whole-class intervention (an entire class of up to 20 students are served by one adult)
Both of the Read Right site-based delivery systems are turn-key
Read Right provides everything required for a successful implementation.
- A library of books carefully selected for a wide-range of interests and for political correctness and are reflective of multiple cultures. The books are analyzed for complexity levels and stored in color-coded bins
- The Read Right digital library that provides the audio files required for one component of the small-group intensive delivery system (To enable each student to access the audio files, the client must provide a device that has sorting capability.)
- Student and project management systems
- Detailed implementation manuals
- Formative evaluation and quality assurance systems
- Monthly reports that track each student’s progress and provide an analysis of the effectiveness of the project as a whole
- Norm-referenced, standardized reading test to be administered pre-Read Right participation and post-Read Right participation to serve as a summative evaluation of project results.
- Intensive off-site support during the entire school year for on-going quality assurance and collaborative problem-solving when Read Right consultants are not on site doing training.
In addition, and most importantly, Read Right provides multiple weeks of intensive, hands-on training for up to four staff members (teachers or instructional aides in any combination) for both the Read Right Small-Group Intensive Intervention and the Read Right Whole-Class Intervention.
The live, real-time tutoring in the Read Right Online delivery system is provided by highly-trained Read Right employees. (Therefore, no training of your staff is needed.) Three students can be served at one time (one POD) via video conferencing. Each student needs access to a computer and a headset with attached microphone. Clients can purchase as many PODs as they wish.
Read Right has multiple data sets attesting to the effectiveness of its programs.
- Gold-standard, independent research completed by Education Northwest and funded by the Sherwood Foundation has documented the effectiveness of Read Right.
- That research was reviewed and rated highly for rigor by the National Center on Response to Intervention
- Numerous pre-test and post-test summative evaluations using a standardized, norm-referenced test of reading as the measurement instrument
- The summative evaluations show a consistent pattern of gain scores that far exceed expectations as established by the US Department of Education and as established by numerous individual school districts.
- Numerous data sets that show significant and unexpected gains on the reading portion of state tests.
Requests For Reference Lists
We encourage interested educators and researchers to speak directly with school administrators, teachers, and aides who are using Read Right to improve student reading ability. We welcome requests for reference lists and we invite you to listen to a few video testimonials below (many more video testimonials are available in our Video Library).
Procedural Learning Works to Rapidly Improve Reading Skills
John Berry is a former pro-football player and a current high school principal in Texas. He confirms that Read Right works with all ages of high school students who are not yet excellent readers, including special education, general education and advanced placement students. He sees strong parallels with how athletes develop their skills and how the Read Right Intervention programs advance students’ reading abilities.
School Board Member Lauds Success of Reading Program
Marti Hines is a member of the school board in Bridgeport, Texas and a retired teacher and principal. She speaks to the effectiveness of Read Right’s intensive staff training and to the “amazing” results she has witnessed with the program. She appreciates that the Read Right approach is different from any other intervention program.
Reading Program Works With Behavior Problems
Nancy Louis has been trained as a Read Right Trainer for Mariana Bracetti Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She shares her experiences in witnessing the effect on behavior and discipline issues when students are transformed in their reading abilities through participation in Read Right.
Reading Intervention: Success After 1 Year
Amy, a first grade teacher, and her daughter Maddy explain how devastated Maddy was when she wasn’t able to read in first grade and how her childhood was disrupted by the frequent need to spend 3-4 hours helping her with homework. Once participation in Read Right resulted in a significant improvement in her reading, she could do her homework in a timely manner in her room by herself. She was now able to play with her friends after school, like all children should.
Principal of At-Risk Secondary School Says Reading Program Works
Dr. Vic Rucker is principal of the Secondary Reassignment Center, which is part of the Irving, Texas Independent School District. He sees students for an average of 20-30 days and then returns them to their home schools. Altogether, he sees about 1,000 students per year. Each one is referred for discipline issues, and he finds that poor reading skills are often the root of their poor behaviors. Because Read Right works so quickly to transform reading abilities, he finds that his students often progress 1-2 years in the 20-30 days they are at his school and that this kind of growth can make it possible for them to participate in the life of their home schools.