A Comprehensive Literacy Intervention Model for Preventing Reading Failure in Grades K-3
The UALR Center for Literacy received a $400,000 grant from the WRF to support Arkansas schools in implementing a comprehensive literacy model for preventing reading problems in the early grades. The project was designed to close the proficiency gap among children from minority or low-income households by providing these children with K-3 comprehensive literacy interventions that place them on track for grade level proficiency by the end of third grade and subsequently result in high school graduation. The first year’s award ($100,000) was dedicated to increasing Reading Recovery coverage in high-need schools. Additional funds were used to provide intervention teachers with specialized training in K-3 small group interventions and to provide classroom teachers with professional development that focused on teaching struggling readers in the elementary classroom.