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Literacy Tip of the Week: June 8, 2020

posted Jun 7, 2020, 7:39 PM by Steven Richardson
Dear Literacy Friends,

The long-awaited RISE and RISE Up kits, in conjunction with The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading (Richardson, 2016) and The Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention (Richardson & Lewis, 2018), are now available for purchase! Thank you to Jan and Ellen, in collaboration with the Scholastic team, for leading the way in providing struggling learners an opportunity to excel as readers, writers and thinkers, due to engagement with this blue-ribbon, literacy intensive intervention.

In my roles as author of selections in the RISE kit (levels C-N) and lesson designer for the RISE Up kit (levels O-Z), I witnessed first-hand a commitment to respond to the globally expressed need for meaningful literacy learning opportunities for striving readers. According to some 2,000 literacy professionals from 91 countries, as noted in the What’s Hot in Literacy: 2020 Report (International Literacy Association, 2020), topics of significance include “determining effective instructional strategies for struggling readers” and “increasing equity and opportunity for all learners” ( RISE and RISE Up are attentive to these aspects and those associated with them; they provide opportunities for learners to strengthen word-problem solving and writing skills, as well as fluency and comprehension.

Instructors appreciate the lesson guides and instructional cards, featured in the station handbooks. Added resources, to include picture sorting cards, comprehension card set, and a teacher portal with videos and more, make this highly effective intervention instructor friendly.

Students are captivated by the passages in the kits. Some texts encourage learners to consider how MAX (E. Lewis) changes as a character across time; others challenge readers to ponder interesting careers as in High Flyers (C. Gwinn). Some students will busily make slime in their kitchens, in response to Let’s Make Slime (R. Coutu), while others will expand their understanding of poetry as they enjoy First Men on the Moon (J.P. Lewis).

As I deliver RISE and RISE Up specific professional development nationwide, I am witnessing an excitement for this intervention -- and for good reason! Student data reveal on average, RISE learners, who received an average of 33 lessons delivered over 6 to 8 weeks, gained 6.3 months. RISE Up students, who received an average of 33 lessons over 6 to 8 weeks, progressed 5.7 months (Richardson & Lewis, 2018). Thankfully, Jan, Ellen, and the Scholastic team have worked feverishly to make RISE and RISE Up kits available for all. I am confident that instructors and their students will thank them for years to come!

Warm wishes,
Submitted by Carolyn Gwinn, PhD
Educational Consultant and Author

RISE and RISE Up Action Research Study: The Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention by Jan Richardson and Ellen Lewis. Copyright © 2018 by Jan Richardson and Ellen Lewis. Published by Scholastic Inc.