Supporting Struggling Readers & ELLs in Grades 4+
Teachers can guide struggling readers and English Language Learners (ELLs) as they learn to read with an explicit and sequential formula for breaking down the words of the English language. During Reading Horizons training, intervention teachers learn this multisensory method and how to adjust and cater it to various student needs, including dyslexia and other learning differences.
The Reading Horizons Elevate® professional development and implementation resources prepare teachers to do the following:
Align Instruction with Reading Science
During a Reading Horizons training, teachers get hands-on practice with the activities and strategies that help struggling readers find success. These multisensory strategies align with the science of reading, the Structured Literacy approach, and the Orton-Gillingham approach. During training, teachers learn how to translate reading science into practical and engaging strategies for reading intervention.
Support Struggling Readers and ELLs in the Classroom
After being trained in the Reading Horizons method, teachers are prepared to explain each of the rules and patterns of the English language to struggling readers and English language learners (ELLs). These rules and patterns dramatically decrease reading, spelling, and pronunciation errors and give students a formula for attacking unfamiliar words.
Build District Capacity and Sustainability
The key goal of implementation is to create sustainable results in both instructional fidelity and student performance. To help your school or district achieve this goal, we encourage each customer to select a few teachers or reading specialists to become certified Reading Horizons trainers for their area. This provides in-house experts who can support teachers and provide unlimited staff training at no additional cost.
Review Training Material Anytime
After the initial training, schools can elect to enroll in the Reading Horizons Online Professional Development Course™. This course allows teachers to review training material and refresh their skills. This course can be viewed at anytime from any device with internet access.
Implementation can make or break a reading program. To ensure schools successfully change course and get the right start with Reading Horizons, we offer the Implementation Coach Program—our most comprehensive training and product package.
The Implementation Coach Program includes
- Two in-person/virtual training days
- Two in-person/virtual coaching days (one in fall/one in spring)
- A dedicated Implementation Coach for on-site training and virtual support
- Unlimited school-wide access to the Reading Horizons Elevate® online software (for students)
- Unlimited school-wide access to the Reading Horizons Online Professional Development Course™ (for teachers)
- Priority support from a dedicated Customer Success Manager
Getting Every Teacher On Board
When the Implementation Coach Program is not employed, we recommend the following training options to get all of your teachers on board with the Reading Horizons program. All training options can be adjusted to your ideal setting (in-person, virtual, or a hybrid of the two).
- Two training days
- Two coaching days (one in fall/one in spring)
- School-wide access to the Reading Horizons Online Professional Development Course™
Your Go-To Source for Implementation Resources
To ensure that teachers have all of the resources and information they need to successfully implement Reading Horizons Elevate® in one place, we have created the Reading Horizons Accelerate® website. This website is free for customers and provides powerful tools that make implementation simple and practical for every teacher.
Lesson Planning Resources
The Lesson Planner helps teachers master and expedite lesson planning. With this tool, teachers can create a teaching schedule, access a digital copy of the teacher manuals, download lesson resources, and watch how-to videos. This tool can also be synced to the program's software component to quickly create student groupings for small-group instruction based on student mastery of each skill.
The Community Forum on RH Accelerate allows teachers to submit questions to both Reading Horizons experts and other customers. Teachers can also share tips and insights with the community as they implement the program.
Teachers can review and refresh their understanding of the Reading Horizons® method anytime with the Reading Horizons Online Professional Development Course™. (This course must be purchased as an add-on to RH Accelerate.)
Building Sustainable Results for Struggling Readers
To create sustainable results for struggling readers year after year, we recommend selecting a few teachers or reading specialists to become Reading Horizons certified trainers after your first year of implementation. After completing this certification, these experts can provide unlimited staff training and coaching for the Reading Horizons® method at no additional cost to your school or district. This gives you on-site experts who can answer questions, train new staff, ensure instructional fidelity, and ensure the program's sustainability.
What Results Can I Expect?
Wondering what results you can expect your struggling readers and ELLs to experience using the Reading Horizons Elevate® program? Review our collection of case studies to see the typical gains of various student populations.LEARN MORE
"I will never forget a 17-year-old high school student that participated in Reading Horizons Elevate® program. In less than a year, she went from a score of 20% to that of 80% on a phonics-based nonsense word test. She had initially been reading on a Kindergarten level, but her work in the program raised her 2.5-grade levels in just a few months. She had not seen that success in nearly 11 years of schooling."
- Rosemarie F., Curriculum Coordinator, Gloucester City Public Schools, NJ
"I have a student who went up 400+ Lexile® points at midpoint. He smiles every day and tells me how easy reading is now. He just told me that it's because of the Reading Horizons program; he is reading 12th-grade books and can read the 'big words' that he could not read before."
- Diane W., Texas Juvenile Justice Department, TX
"In the three months that our school has been using the Reading Horizons Elevate® program we have seen incredible results. Some of the student's responses are as follows: 'We wish we started this five years ago,' 'When can I have access to the Reading Horizons Library?' 'Can I work on this all year?' In addition to the overwhelming interest by our student body, several teachers have commented on increased confidence levels in class, increased fluency, and more accurate spelling."
- Steven S., Assistant Principal, High School of Economics & Finance, New York City, NY
"I am amazed at the growth that I have seen in my students this year after using Reading Horizons as an intervention program. I have had a few students who went from reading 7 words per minute to now reading almost 40 words per minute."
- Leigh F., Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA
"I use the Reading Horizons Elevate® program to teach learning disabled and students with dyslexia. My students and I experience tremendous success with it. I find it works miracles for some students who have been told that they would never learn how to read above a certain grade level or read at all."
- Leah W., Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso, TX