"If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must employ methods never before attempted." ~SIR FRANCIS BACON 1561-1626~

Native Peoples

Effective Reading Programs for Native American Students

Dr. Dee Tadlock and Read Right Systems have extensive experience working with Native American project sites. Call and request contact information for the Muckleshoot, Kalispel, and Spokane Nations in Washington State; the Yup’ik Nation in Alaska; the Cheyenne in South Dakota; the Sioux in North Dakota; and more

Native American students who have participated in Read Right reading tutoring program have rapidly and dramatically improved their reading and comprehension skills. Kalispel Students, Grades 3-12, gained an average of 2.5 years of reading comprehension in just one year. With this unique reading intervention program students get the reading help they need.

Read Right offers a Primary Core Curriculum for Grades K-3, as well as a Reading Intervention Program for elementary- and secondary-level struggling readers. To date, we have trained staff members at more than 500 non-Tribal and Tribal project sites. In 2010 we introduced a new service—Online Tutoring—that makes it possible for Tribal programs to provide cost-effective, small-group tutoring in reading to children, teens, and adults everywhere that Internet and webcam technology are available.

Effective With Kalispel Students, Grades 3-12:

  • On average, students gained 2.5 years in comprehension in one school year
  • Kalispel Special Education students gained 3.2 years in comprehension during the same period

Effective With Sioux Students:

  • On average, Standing Rock students Grades 7-12 gained 2.9 years in comprehension in one school year
  • Cheyenne Eagle Butte students Grades 4-11 gained 1.8 years in comprehension during the same period

Effective at Havermale High School, Grades 9-12:

  • On average, Spokane and Kalispel students gained 3.4 years in comprehension in one school year
  • Over two years, the percentage of Havermale Tribal students passing the state assessment in reading grew from 22% to 60%

Read Right Primary Core Curriculum

When children learn how to do any process, for example, how to walk, how to talk, how to ride a bike, etc. they gradually build a neural network to guide the particular process they are learning. Reading is no exception: When children learn how to read, they build a network in their brains to guide the reading process. The Read Right Primary Core Curriculum is designed to ensure that every student builds a reading network that operates efficiently and effectively from the beginning.

Read Right Reading Intervention Program

Reading problems are caused when students construct a faulty neural network to guide the process of reading. Grounded in Piaget’s theory of interactive constructivism, the Read Right Reading Intervention Program relies on the plasticity of the brain to remodel the neural circuitry that is operating inappropriately. Even the most challenged students are quickly transformed from poor readers to excellent readers—in a matter of months, not years!

Benefits for the Student

  • Provides quick, significant, and permanent improvement
  • Transforms poor readers to excellent readers
  • Builds positive self-esteem
  • Restores hope and confidence; expands student potential
  • Establishes a solid foundation for academic success

Benefits for the School

  • Diminishes staff frustration by providing an effective tool to help students succeed
  • Generates noticeable results for children and teens, delighting family members
  • Helps meet Federal guidelines and close the achievement gaps

Successful Projects Have Been Established in:

  • Tribal schools
  • BIE schools
  • Public schools on Native American Reservations
  • Urban schools serving significant numbers of Native American students
  • Rural schools serving significant numbers of Native American students

For more information about staff training for our on-site programs Contact Us or call (360) 427-9440 (PST).

I just wanted to say hello and pass on some incredible news!

Chase started 4th grade a couple of weeks ago and went through all of the usual assessments. His teacher told me he came in 3rd in the class scoring on the reading assessment and 1st in Comprehension! I cried when she told me so now she thinks I am crazy!

The best news is Chase has started "eating up" books. He reads 1 to 1 1/2 hours every night at bedtime. I made the mistake of telling him I would buy him a new book every time he finished one and now he is reading "The Spiderwick" story novels at the rate of one every two days! I may have to start NOT allowing him to read at night because I am scared he will be exhausted and I'm going to run out of money for books!

— Megan, Mother of Chase, Read Right graduate —