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The Best Intervention is a Targeted Intervention

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The Best Intervention is a Targeted Intervention


There are only a few areas in which to target reading interventions – but we must TARGET reading interventions:

1.Phonemic awareness

2.Multisensory reading supports

3.Simple phonics

4.Advanced phonics



And they each have resources and/or programs. The Florida Center for Reading Research is a gold mine. Headed by Joseph Torgeson, an expert on the Mount Rushmore of reading gurus, the Center provides free, research-based resources to meet all student needs in all reading domains. While the resources are organized into K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 grade bands, please don’t let that dissuade you from using the 4-5 resources with students at-risk in the area of reading in grades 6-12. The resources apply and are totally appropriate; we’ve used them very successfully in middle and high schools.

The Center’s resources, while outstanding, are not the same as a program that is compete, scoped-and-sequenced, and accompanied by extensive supports for interventionists. There are, in the areas of reading, dozens of research-based interventions with which we have had success and that are reasonably priced. One note: We love the idea of computer-based supports to meet student needs. Given their current costs and the necessary technologies (devices and infrastructure) needed to make them work, we find ourselves typically using and recommend print-based solutions. That does not mean that computer-based interventions are not appropriate, although we do favor an adult working with a small group, a trained educators who is able to frequently check for a specific student’s understanding and provide immediate corrective feedback. Here are a few programs in the domains listed above that work:

1.Phonemic Awareness

•Early Reading Intervention (Pearson-Scott Foreman)

•SIPPS Beginning Level, 3rd Ed. (Collaborative Classroom)

2.Multisensory reading supports



3.Simple Phonics

•Read Well (Sopris Learning)

•SIPPS Extension Level, 3rd Ed. (Collaborative Classroom)

4.Advanced Phonics

•REWARDS (Sopris Learning)

•SIPPS Challenge Level, 3rd Ed. (Collaborative Classroom)


•Read Naturally

•Six Minute Solution (Sopris Learning) 


•Making Connections K-6(EPS-School Specialty)

•Making Connections Intervention (MCI) 6-12 (EPS-School Specialty)

Programs don’t teach students; educators do. But, students with significant reading needs, and the educators who serve them (and probably have multiple other responsibility throughout the day), deserve a research-based program, particularly when they are relatively cost-effective.


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