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ERIC Number: EJ767086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Reading Transformation
Reeves, Melinda
Principal Leadership, v7 n1 p33-37 Sep 2006
The parents of students who attend Decatur High School thought that there was little hope of their kids going on to college. After a year or so in Decatur's reading program, their sons and daughters were both transformed and college bound. In this article, the author describes how Decatur was able to successfully transform their students. Seven years ago, the school decided to follow the recommendations of the National Research Council to explore learning from the point of view of brain science. The school's staff began with an all-staff book study and discussion on how the brain learns. As they continued their study, they went in search of a reading intervention that most closely fit with what they were learning about brain function. They found one--Read Right by Dee Tadlock--and they have never doubted its effectiveness with their students. In the five years that they have used it, the average gain in reading ability for their students, including regular education students, special education students, and English language learners combined, is 2.6 grade levels of advancement in functional reading ability per year. Their efforts have transformed most of the school's students into strong readers, including kids with dyslexia, Down syndrome, and specific learning disabilities. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas