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A research study, "Connect to Comprehension Curriculum: An Analysis of Three Semesters' Data", by Dr. Adrienne Barnes with The College of Educatory at Florida State University shows the effectiveness of Connect to Comprehension, including  positive effect sizes in all targeted reading components. 

The study, "Effects of Intensive Reading Remediation for Second and Third Graders and a 1-Year Follow-Up", shows the powerful effect of the type of daily routine used in the Connect to Comprehension program:

The National Reading Panel (2001, Updated 2010), NIH/NICHD, Florida Center for Reading Research:

  • Struggling readers need systematic, explicit instruction.

  • All components of reading should be taught, practiced, and reviewed on a daily basis.

  • Skill gaps exist and should be identified and remediated.

  • Supportive, scaffolded instruction should be provided whenever it is needed.

In “Essential Reading Strategies for Struggling Readers”, by Dr. Sharon Vaughn at the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading/Language Arts at the University of Texas (Vaughn, et al., 2001) recommends: 

  • decodable books for explicit teaching of word analysis and decoding strategies

  • decodable text to “reinforce and transfer the reading of words with particular patterns from isolated cards to connected text”

  • frequent review of high-frequency words

  • practice of phrases for fluency

  • pre-reading instruction as “important for all students but critical for those with reading difficulties and ELL’s….”

  • teaching comprehension strategies through modeling, discussing, and checking for understanding

  • introduction and frequent practice of new vocabulary words

  • consistent pairing of reading with writing to reinforce the reading/writing connection


10 Key Policies and Practices for Teaching English Language Learners“

The Meadows Center, University of Texas at Austin College of Education, 2018:

Preteach and reteach vocabulary words

  • using easily understandable definitions

  • unpacking new vocabulary through an understanding of prefixes and suffixes

  • using repeated reading to improve fluency and comprehension

  • encouraging students to paraphrase a key idea in their own words

  • using graphic organizers

  • using explicit instruction, breaking a skill down into simple steps

  • integrating listening, reading, writing and speaking about the content

  • using sentence frames

  • using graphic prompts

  • asking students to retell

  • having students use new vocabulary words in speaking and writing

  • using formative assessments in vocabulary, understanding of sentences, understanding of text features (main ideas/details)

All of these elements are included in the Connect to Comprehension program! 

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