The RESOURCES You Need

The National Right to Read Foundation strives to provide parents and teachers with the information and resources they need to help students learn to read. Weeding through the vast amount of information, curricula, and methods can be a daunting task. We’ve simplified the process by reviewing products for you, creating checklists and training materials, and providing information to help make grassroots changes in your community.

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Reading
COMPETENCY
TEST

Ideally, it is best to discover whether or not a student reads proficiently prior to fourth grade. Use this reading test to measure phonics knowledge and grade level reading ability.

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TAKE THE TEST

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 Phonics
CHECKLIST

Next, you need to know how your child’s reading program is doing. Is it setting your child up for failure or to be a lifelong reader?

Place your checkmarks where appropriate and find out!

Are students asked or allowed to guess at unknown words? For example, are they asked “What word would make sense in this sentence?” Are they encouraged to look at a picture to help figure out a word?
Are students asked or allowed to skip words they don’t know?
Are students asked or allowed to substitute a known word for an unknown word? For example, are they allowed to substitute “pony” for “horse” while reading?
Are students encouraged or allowed to use “invented” or creative spelling? For example, students may write ct for cat, mr for mother, usually leaving out vowel sounds.
Are students taught to look at beginning and ending consonants, but not the vowels in between?
Do the reading selections introduce words before students are taught the sounds and spelling patterns that make up those words?

BAD NEWS!

The program is not consistent with the findings of evidence based research in reading instruction.  The good news is that we have RECOMMENDED RESOURCES you can use at home or at school.

THIS IS PROMISING!

But, there are some missing pieces that are not included in this program that are essential for developing proficient readers.  Take the next test and see what we recommend.

Are at least one short-vowel sound and several consonant sounds taught in isolation before whole words using only those sounds are introduced? For example: Short a and consonant sounds t, p, and n are taught before students read words such as tap, tan, nap.
Are all 44 sounds in the English language and the 70 most common ways of spelling those sounds taught in isolation? For example: th, sh, ch, wh, ck, ay, ai, eigh, ea, ee, ei, ie, igh, oe, ough, ow, ou, ew, ue, oo, oy, oi, ar, er, ur, or and so on.
Are students taught to blend and read each letter in each word, from left to right?
Do the reading selections conform to the phonics rules already taught? That is, are the reading selections decodable by students, without guessing?

BAD NEWS!

Your program is missing some or all of the necessary pieces. The good news is there are RESOURCES to help

GREAT NEWS!

Your reading program is an explicit, systematic phonics program. RECOMMENDED

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Training &
TUTORING

Finding the right tutor can make the difference between success and frustration. Listed below are tutors that follow the researched and proven approach to teaching reading in your area. In order to expand our reach, we welcome submissions to be reviewed and considered for inclusion. Click on a state to see tutors.
Arizona

CAVE CREEK

Gail A. Thiele

480-437-1331

Gail is a certified Spalding tutor and certified academic language therapist. Gail works with children K-6 with mild to severe reading disorders, but specializes in gifted dyslexics. She may be reached by phone or 35004 North Sunset Trail, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. She uses the Spalding method, a total language-arts approach to spelling, reading, writing, and comprehension.

California

CYPRESS

Julie Anders

714-893-2286

jungljulie@comcast.net

Julie, NRRF California Director, uses the systematic phonics in Spalding’s The Writing Road to Reading to tutor children and adults in reading. This includes spelling, vocabulary, Greek and Latin roots, and affixes when requested.

Georgia

MARIETTA

Brenda Fitzgerald

770-794-8525

brendafitzgerald@bellsouth.net

Brenda, NRRF Georgia Director, trains teachers and parents to use intensive, systematic, explicit phonics. Her popular Leaping into Literacy workshop focuses on the five elements that make up an excellent reading program: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Contact her by e-mail, phone, or at the Georgia Educational Training Agency, 172 Helmswood Circle, Marietta, GA 30064.

Illinois

BATAVIA

David Ziffer

800-700-4616

David offers the I Can Read reading program which teaches explicit, systematic phonics to children in grades 1-8, using SRA’s Reading Mastery and Corrective Reading curricula. Small group instruction is offered during three semesters per year, with children grouped according to reading skill, which is measured at the start of each semester. Classes are held four days per week for 13 weeks per semester. Cost is under $13 per hour.

Indiana

CLINTON

Kathleen Alfke

765-832-2781

Kathy.Alfke@gmail.com

Kathleen, Reading Specialist, provides intensive systematic phonics and comprehension classes for all students. Teacher training available.

Kansas

LAWRENCE

Linda Weinmaster

785-843-4060

LMWeinmaster@cs.com

Linda, NRRF Kansas Director, trains teachers, parents, principals, and students with intensive, systematic, explicit phonics using Dr. Orton’s 70 Phonograms for Spelling the 45 sounds of English Speech, and Romalda Spalding’s Writing Road to Reading. Workshops or tutoring are available to teach proper spelling and spelling rules, handwriting, phonetics, and writing skills using this multi-sensory approach.

Michigan

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, FARMINGTON HILLS, SHELBY TOWNSHIP

800-732-3211

info@rlac.com

www.rlac.com

Reading and Language Arts Centers provide one-to-one private tutoring sessions for beginning and struggling readers, pre-school through adult. They offer specialized programs to meet the unique needs of learners labeled dyslexic, LD, ADD, as well as others struggling with reading.

Montana

LIVINGSTON

Miscese Gagen

mail@righttrackreading.com

Miscese can only tutor a limited number of students. Therefore, she primarily helps parents learn how to use direct systematic phonics to teach their own children to read proficiently. She uses Right Track Reading Lessons, a highly effective direct systematic phonics program. She also offers workshops and presentations on teaching children to read with effective methods and will train other individuals interested in tutoring.

Texas

MISSION

Peg Leach

956-583-0532

pegleach@academicplanet.com

Peg, NRRF Texas Director, will help locate tutors who teach systematic phonics in the area.

Vermont

UNDERHILL

Mike Audet, Back-to-Basics Reading Clinic

802-899-3235

mlaudet@msn.com

Mike, NRRF Vermont Director and a certified Master Tutor, provides one-on-one tutoring in basic reading, writing, arithmetic, spelling, and grammar instruction at the Back-to-Basics Reading Clinic. He says, “Reading is the goal, and phonics is the tool. English is a phonetic language, and it must be taught directly, systematically, and explicitly.” In a child-friendly setting, Mike uses rigorous academic standards and requires homework between tutoring sessions as well as parent participation for the younger students. Most are elementary school age, but he also tutors middle and high school students as well as adults.

Virginia

ROANOKE

Betty Price

ceemeread@aol.com

Betty, owner of Professional Reading Services and author of See Me Read, tutors students and gives phonics workshops.

WARRENTON

Carol Grayson

540-341-7802

Grayson@lmsn.com

Carol tutors using Touch Phonics, a multi-sensory phonics system.

CHRISTIANBURG

Janelle Anderson

540-381-0118

ReadingSolution@aol.com

Janelle offers a one-on-one, private tutorial service – Reading Solutions – which provides intensive, systematic phonics instruction for children and adults. The program includes instruction in spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and creative writing.

BERRYVILLE

Jennifer Welliver

540-955-1373

libertyreading@msn.com

www.libertyreading.com

Jennifer, NRRF Virginia Director, tutors individuals and small classes using Phonics Pathways to teach reading.

Washington

KENNEWICK

Excel Learning Center

509-735-0523

Excel provides explicit, sequential phonics through direct instruction on an individualized basis for ages kindergarten through adult. Teachers since 1964.

CAMAS

R.E.A.D. Learning Services

360-608-1382

Ksteinke@readlearnservices.com

www.ReadLearnServices.com

R.E.A.D, Redefining Education and Dyslexia provides private and small group reading, writing, and spelling instruction for students, K-adult, who struggle to read and/or write due to learning disabilities, dyslexia, or dysgraphia. Kelly Steinke, founder of R.E.A.D. Learning, is a licensed and National Board Certified Teacher in Exceptional Needs. Using multi-sensory, explicit, systematic, and research based learning programs, students are taught essential academic skills, enabling them to achieve their full learning potential in reading reading, writing, and spelling. Programs offered include: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Lindamood-Bell, and Handwriting Without Tears.

RECOMMEND A PHONICS TUTOR