Dr. Adrienne Barnes
Literacy and Pedagogy Specialist, Florida State University, 2019
“Connect to Comprehension provides teachers and tutors with a practical method of integrating decoding activities and higher-level comprehension skills into daily lessons for struggling readers. CtoC is designed to enable a teacher to quickly assess a learner’s strengths and weaknesses and immediately plan instruction at the appropriate level with resources on hand. This powerful and effective program offers a leveled curriculum, hands-on activities, and a wealth of instructional and assessment resources.”
“I want to thank you for creating such an incredible program! I’ve taken MANY courses and trainings in reading, and I’ve never come across such a thorough program! I feel like I’ve found the Holy Grail of reading instruction! Thank you!”
"I have done one lesson with my son, and I can see the gaps that I have had in the past in terms of vocabulary review and missing out his lack of understanding in compare and contrast. These skill decks are one of my missing links! They are perfect and remind me a bit of Orton Gillingham! I am very excited about what the subsequent lessons will bring for my son's understanding of reading and growth in comprehension as well as myself as a practitioner. I love your program."
Bay County School Administrator, Florida
"As a district administrator who oversees MTSS, having Lynn Givens' expertise and support has been an absolute blessing . She is quick to respond, eager to provide meaningful professional learning opportunities, and consistently helps us improve our instructional approaches in effort to help struggling readers develop the skills and strategies necessary for becoming a proficient reader."
Bay County Schools, Florida, 2017
“C. began 2nd grade as a struggling reader, having no confidence whatsoever. He started CtoC interventions, and after a few weeks … he was excited about going to his group, and I could see improvement in the classroom. His comprehension skills skyrocketed. He went from Pretest – 44%/ Level A to Posttest – 100% Level A. I am proud to say that C. has become a very happy learner who ended the year on the honor roll versus the discouraged reader he was at the beginning of the year.”
Title 1 Teacher
Chicago, Illinois, 2019
“ CtoC went great with a small group of emergent readers. Not only did I see substantial gains on classroom assessments in decoding, comprehension, and spelling, but I also saw big gains on standardized test scores (NWEA), which I typically don't see with emergent readers. The program was super easy to implement and felt more impactful than simply decoding/encoding instruction… I definitely plan to continue using this program in the years to come.”
“This my second year teaching Connect to Comprehension…. I work with 12 students in 2nd - 5th grade that are emotionally and behaviorally handicapped.
These students are enjoying the reading program because the stories are on their level and they feel more successful.… I can assess them easily using the games, sequence strips, and the after reading higher order questions. They don't even realize they are learning! I have many students who only knew sounds at the beginning of the year, but now they are reading complete books! …. Teachers have also shared with me that they have seen positive improvement in their students’ reading."
It has been wonderful to teach this program and see the growth. ”
ESE Teacher, West Bay Elementary School, Florida, December 2017
“I am the ESE teacher (K-5)… We have around 40 students working in the CtoC program. Our primary teachers, myself and our instructional paraprofessionals lead small groups with CtoC throughout the day. We love the program! Our students are actively engaged with each lesson … We have observed a marked improvement in students’ comprehension and sentence structure in a very short time. Having worked for many other school districts throughout my career, it is truly a blessing to have the support (and materials needed) to reach each student here.”
Orton Gillingham Training | Dyslexia | Orton Gillingham Approach, Indiana
"Lynn is not only a gifted teacher & reading specialist, she is a wonderful person. She has a heart and passion for guiding her students through the learning process & on to attaining mastery of content. I have seen this passion first hand in developing coursework for the Orton Gillingham Online Academy. She spent countless numbers of hours bringing to life in her virtual classroom the Connect to Comprehension course; & she launched it with tremendous excitement and enthusiasm, not for what it can do for her, but for the number of lives it will impact for the better. Her expertise in the area of literacy is second to none and we are privileged to have her as one of our course developers & facilitators at the Orton Gillingham Online Academy."
Michal Ricca, M.Ed
Founder & CEO at NowICANRead, Vermont
"Lynn is giving of her time and extremely approachable. I am awestruck by this because I am in awe of all she has accomplished. I could talk to Lynn for hours about Connect to Comprehension and what led her to develop this amazing product. It is based on best practice, research-based, and the data is exciting. I now name Lynn when I list my literacy heroes."
Memphis, Tennessee, 2021
"I just completed the training for CtoC and really liked it. I started the actual lessons with 2 students this week and it worked really well. I can also vouch that Lynn Givens will answer all your questions. She has spent a lot of time answering all of mine. I’m so appreciative of her time!!"
Teacher & Tutor, 2020
"As an Orton Gillingham associate, I have loved supplementing in this curriculum with my students! The decodable chapter books along with the comprehension questions and vocabulary activities have given my students meaningful instruction that goes beyond phonics."
Tutor & Consultant, 2020
"I just purchased it, and I love it! It has been very helpful for my students who struggle with comprehension."
Teacher & Tutor, 2020
"It is a great way to move from decoding words to using them in text. I have a student who refused to read anything until we used this. Now he finishes the books and is starting to check his own understanding."
"I think this course is really valuable, and the program itself is great for kids."
Center for Dyslexia Studies, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2019
"This looks like a great program esp for some without Orton training. The scope and sequence is agreeable to my Orton brain. Everything is spelling out nicely and you include information on grouping and timing, which is nice. So many teachers struggle with how to create their groups and have enough time to get to everything. Love the fluency skill practice."
Orton Gillingham Instructor & Parent,
"Connect to comprehension is helping my son tremendously. He's got major fluency and comprehension deficits."
“I have loved this course so much and already have plans to use it in small groups next year. I am using it with a small group I tutor already and they are loving it and I am already seeing a
difference in them. Even after 24 years teaching I am always looking to learn more and this has been the best thing for my style of teaching in a long time.”
Orton Gillingham Online Academy
"I have used this program and plan to extend using it with more students in the future. This program helps so much in giving my students comprehension skills in a systematic way. It cuts down on planning because the frame is there, and it might just need a part changed a little to meet an individual's needs. The best part for me is that these skills made the students really think and examine the text to be able to answer. Sometimes, it really led to interesting discussions when members of the group disagreed on the answer."
Paraprofessional, Southport Elementary, 2017
"Perfect. Thank you so much. I love C2C and see a difference with every one of my students. I cannot wait to help them grow even more next year! I have learned so much from going to your different training classes this year. I look forward to using the different strategies I have learned for next year.
N. is a repeat 3rd grade student who placed in Level A. He started the year with very little confidence in himself. He would not read aloud in class. His decoding skills, WCPM, and fluency were very low. After coming to C2C and SRA Decoding, he started to build these skills and his confidence. At the beginning of the third semester he was a changed student. He always wanted to be the first to read, had the answers to every question, and was always the first to finish his writing exercise. I spoke with his teacher and she noticed his progress as well. The principal and I decided to re-assess N. After completing the placement test again, he placed in Level C. Throughout the rest of the year he grew even more. He was eager to learn and excited to accept new challenges. For the first time ever, N. got on the A/B Honor Roll for the last nine weeks of the school year. N. was shocked, and I couldn't have been prouder!"
St. Andrews Elementary, 2017
"This my second year teaching Connect to Comprehension Curriculum Guide and Scripted Lessons at St Andrew Elementary. I work with 12 students in 2nd - 5th grade that are emotionally behaviorally handicapped. These students are enjoying the reading program because the stories are on their level and they feel more successful. I too have enjoyed this program with the students especially in the area of phonetic/structural analysis patterns using the variety of different reading activities. I can assess them easily using the games, sequence strips, and the after reading higher order questions. They don't even realize they are learning! I have many students who only knew sounds at the beginning of the year, but now they are reading complete books! I like how the program is set up with a strong foundation with a focus on phonics, vocabulary and comprehension. Teachers have also shared with me that they have seen positive improvement in their student's reading. It has been wonderful to teach this program and see the growth."
Teacher & Tutor, 2020
"I like it a lot. I use it one-on-one which allows a lot of flexibility, but it would be awesome with groups."