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Spokane Falls Community College Students Experience 

Rapid Success with New Reading Intervention

 

A Spokane Falls Community College student previously identified with
dyslexia struggled with reading her whole life. A few months after she began
tutoring with a fundamentally new reading program, she was reading
paragraphs with comfort and ease-a feat that surprised even the young
woman's mother. 

 

It didn't take a miracle to help the young woman. It took adult basic
education staff at SFCC trained in a highly effective tutoring methodology
to systematically guide the woman out of her reading problem. 

 


Something Is Missing


Typically, college reading programs teach critical thinking, text analysis,
study skills, test-taking and various other skills to students who are
struggling with college-level material, said Jean La Bauve, a reading
teacher at SFCC.  "There is a missing link here," she told attendees at the
National Association of Developmental Education's (NADE) annual conference
in Philadelphia last month. "We've been teaching information processing. We
haven't been teaching reading."

 

Excellent reading ability must be in place for college students to gain
information from text with efficiency and ease, La Bauve noted. If they
struggle to access the information in the first place because of reading
problems, how can they be expected to process it? 

 

The tutoring methodology being used by SFCC to address student reading
problems is called Read Right*, and it was developed by Dee Tadlock, Ph.D.,
a reading expert, former classroom teacher, and former President of the
College Reading and Learning Association who has worked with students of all
ages-elementary students through adults. La Bauve and Joan Nealey, director
of SFCC's Communications Learning Center, invited Tadlock to co-present with
them at NADE's annual conference. 

 


Reading Is a Process


Passage reading is a complex process performed by the brain, Tadlock
explained. The problem with initial reading instruction is that it doesn't
reflect the complexities involved. Emphasis is commonly placed on learning
separate, discrete skills with the focus on the identification of individual
words. Teaching the brain to think that it must simply identify words in
order to read is very misleading and can deter the brain in figuring out the
much more complex process correctly. Annually, the dichotomy results in
millions of children and teens that struggle with reading, leading
ultimately to millions of college students who struggle with their
coursework. 

 

The solution, Tadlock said, is to fix the reading problem at its core-at the
level of the neural circuitry that must be constructed to appropriately
guide the complex process of reading.

 

SFCC is the first community college in the nation to adopt Tadlock's reading
intervention, which is used by more than 200 elementary, middle, and high
schools throughout the country. It has also been implemented with over 5,200
adults in workforce literacy projects. Hewlett Packard named Read Right as
Best Practice, and Weyerhaeuser implemented the special tutoring program
with over 1250 employees in 30 plants, winning a national Literacy Award in
the Paper Industry as a result. 

 

Joan Nealey and her staff are very impressed with the results with their
college students. 

Since first implementing its Read Right program a year and a half ago, SFCC
has provided over 1,500 hours of tutoring to 111 students, who are averaging
more than one grade level of gain in reading ability for every 10 hours of
tutoring. The gains are rapid and permanent-and foundational to success in
the college environment. 

 


Learn More


The best way to learn more about the program is to attend Read Right's
national conference, coming up March 24-26, 2006, at the Sheraton Grand
Hotel in Irving, Texas (near the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport). The conference
provides an opportunity for those seeking information on Read Right
methodology to speak with individuals who are trained in the methodology and
already tutoring students at the elementary, middle school, high school, and
adult levels. More than 40 concurrent sessions will be provided. A complete
program for the conference is available at
www.readright.com/news/conference2006.html. 

 

A college information packet explaining theory, methodology and
implementation can be obtained by contacting Maureen Mortlock at Read Right
Systems.  Phone: 360-427-9440 or Email: [log in to unmask]

 

Articles about Read Right implementations are available at www.readright.com
<http://www.readright.com/> . 

 

Dr. Tadlock's interactive constructivist view of reading and reading
development is explained in detail in the new book written for parents, Read
Right! Coaching Your Child to Excellence in Reading, published in 2005 by
McGraw-Hill and available at www.amazon.com
<http://postsnet.com/r.html?c=656651&r=655991&t=538077603&l=1&d=86864368&u=h
ttp%3a%2f%2fwww%2eamazon%2ecom%2f&g=0&f=-1> . 

 

Finally, for those that enjoy reading about theory and research, Dr.
Tadlock's academic paper, Interactive Constructivism and Reading: The Nature
of Neural Networks Challenges the Phonological Processing Hypothesis may be
downloaded from the Read Right web site (www.readright.com
<http://www.readright.com/> ) or ordered by phoning the Read Right Office:

360-427-9440.

 

Please pass this e-mail along to any of your staff seeking information on
effective approaches to reading development.

 

Thank you.

 

 
<http://postsnet.com/app/campaigner/trk/opn.jsp?cid=656651&rid=655991&ctd=53
8077603&lid=86864369&g=0&f=-1>  From: Read Right Systems
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Sent: Monday, March 13, 2006 4:47 PM
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Subject: Struggling Freshmen: Can the Epidemic of Reading Problems be
Stopped?

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Kern

Reading Skills

East Central College

Union, MO 63084

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