The Road to Reading - Intervention for Struggling Learners

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For what level of RTI is the program designed?

What areas of literacy and grade-level skills does the program cover?

For which grade levels is the program intended?

How many students can work with the materials provided?

Does the program provide help for my ELL students?

What is the research basis for the program?

What kind of assessment materials are provided?

Can I see some sample lessons?

What is included in the program?

What other materials do I need to teach the program?

What is the cost of the program?

Who developed the program?


For what level of RTI is the program designed?

The Road to Reading is designed for Tier II intervention, intensive small-group sessions led by a teacher or aide outside the regular classroom setting.

What areas of literacy and grade-level skills does the program cover?

The Road to Reading focuses on 12 key objectives and 7 strands, covering a continuum of K-3 literacy skills.

For which grade levels is the program intended?

The Road to Reading provides Tier II intervention for students in Grades 1-5. The skills covered are normally learned in Grades K‑3. Depending on a student’s actual grade level, he or she may not work through the entire scope and sequence. A second grade student, for example, would not receive tutoring in third grade skills during his or her tutoring. A key at the top of each lesson specifies the grade level(s) at which the skill is normally mastered.

How many students can work with the materials provided?

The Road to Reading is designed for Tier II RTI groups of two to four students. Each Resource Kit contains enough manipulatives for four children working on the same lesson.

Does the program provide help for my ELL students?

ELL Tips on lesson pages offer references to parallel activities in Spanish students’ native language, and other helpful suggestions for non-native speakers.

What is the research basis for the program?

The Road to Reading is based on a wide variety of academic research in best practices in reading instruction, including the most effective methods for engaging and teaching struggling learners. Download the research basis here.

What kind of assessment materials are provided?

Diagnostic testing places students in the correct place in the continuum, while unit mastery tests ensure that they have mastered each skill before they advance to the next. Observational assessment points within the lessons allow the tutor to discover and work on unmastered precursor skills. Learn more.

Can I see some sample lessons?

Download sample lessons with manipulatives and other resources. (Downloadable manipulatives are provided for demonstration only; the actual manipulatives will be provided with purchase of the program.)

What is included in the program?

The program includes The Road to Reading Program Binder, with 288 pages of lessons broken into 12 units; The Road to Reading Resource CD, containing over 250 pages of diagnostic and mastery tests, progress monitoring worksheets, downloadable books, games, and activities; and The Road to Reading Resource Kit, containing all the manipulatives you need to teach every lesson, organized, contained, and ready to use. Learn more.

What other materials do I need to teach the program?

There are no other materials to purchase or obtain, as the comprehensive Resource Kit includes everything you need.

What is the cost of the program?

The complete program (including Program Binder and Resource CD) is priced at $595. The Program Binder with Resource CD (without Resource Kit) is priced at $99.00.

Who developed the program?

About the Author: Joan Westley has a Cognitive Psychology degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a Master’s Degree in Education from San Francisco State University where her focus of study was how children learn. After many years of teaching in San Francisco, she ventured to London, England on a Fulbright program, where she became interested in learning materials not seen in the United States. She has developed many hands-on curriculum materials first at a Research and Development Center and then for various publishers. The hands-on materials and curriculum resources featured in The Road to Reading were crafted under her direction over a ten-year period and have been used in hundreds of classrooms. The resources have helped many struggling learners, including her own two children.