April 30, 2011

Award-winning Reading Program Transforms NYC Public Schools

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“The interesting thing about the pilot is that we are finding that once we get Reading Horizons into the hands of teachers they absolutely run with it. With the combination of the [phonics-based] reading program and direct support we have seen tremendous results.” – Janine Walker Caffrey

North Salt Lake City, UT – April 30, 2011 – Change is afoot in education. Lines are being drawn over budgets, technology needs, tenure issues, and more. But what hasn’t changed is the dismal fact that 37 percent of fourth graders and 26 percent of twelfth graders cannot read at the basic level. -National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Originally championed by Janine Walker Caffrey http://www.janinewalkercaffrey.com/1/post/2010/10/change-the-world.html, a NYC network administrator, the Reading Horizons v.5 reading system has been part of a pilot program in select New York City Public Schools http://schools.nyc.gov/default.htm during the 2010-2011 school year. The program was selected to help improve common-core standards and ensure college-readiness in a public school system that serves 1.1 million students, in 1,700 schools. The NYC Board of Education has determined that the following reading criteria must be met: Basic Literacy Skills; Reading Across the Content http://www.ttms.org/content_area_reading/content_area_reading.htm; and Disciplinary Literacy http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/03/16/24text_ep.h30.html?qs=bronx+reading.

Consider The Green School in Brooklyn that serves some of the most disadvantaged children in the city. Most students attending here were born in the U.S., but the majority is reading significantly below grade level. Because so many students have been retained once or twice, they have been extremely disengaged resulting in attendance problems.

Educators have found that Reading Horizons is the hook that is bringing students back into the school. This is a major mind shift for the teachers. In the past, the tactic was to appeal to the students’ individual interests like art and music. As it turns out… learning to read is the hook that is bringing students back into the classroom.

“What I love most about The Green School is that the teachers have transformed more than the kids. This was a school that was beaten down and now they know that they have the tools… the power to make a significant difference in the lives of their students.” – Janine Walker Caffrey

Looking forward the reading program will continue to be piloted in New York City schools for the next 12-24 months.

About Reading Horizons

The Reading Horizons program is based on the Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself method. This method uses multi-sensory, Orton Gillingham principles of instruction and appeals to students’ individual learning styles—visual, auditory, tactile, or kinesthetic. Reading Horizons software programs, along with their corresponding direct-instruction materials, have taught reading strategies to hundreds of thousands of adults, youth, and children. For over 26 years, Reading Horizons has proven to be - The Foundation for Reading English!

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