Becoming Strong Readers


Success for All (SFA) is a comprehensive approach designed to ensure that every child will be successful in school by insuring that they read at grade level or above. The program, for grades Pre-K to 6, emphasizes prevention and early intervention to respond to and solve any child’s learning problems. Success for All provides schools with:

  • Powerful instructional processes that engage students.
  • Extensive professional development.
  • Assessment and progress-monitoring tools.
  • Ongoing family involvement and community support

The Success for All program program is based on extensive research into the ways children learn to read and write. At the heart of the program is 90 minutes of uninterrupted, daily reading instruction. Beginning in the first grade, children are grouped across classes and grades by reading level. Regrouping gives each teacher the opportunity to work intensively with students one reading level at a time. Cooperative learning embedded throughout the program focuses on individual student accountability, common goals, and recognition of group success. Providing the opportunity to work with peers enables students to master basic reading skills as they continue to grow


Reading Wings is a comprehensive, research-proven reading program designed for students reading at the 2nd-through 6th-grade levels that is fully aligned to the Common Core Standards .

Reading Wings maximizes student engagement in learning.

Regrouping for acceleration shows students their progress every quarter.
Cooperative learning involves students actively in their learning.
Detailed guidance and frequent feedback create rich team discussions.
Team celebration motivates students to ensure their teammates’ success.

Reading Wings provides teachers with rich support.

Well-scaffolded lesson guides
Powerful video clips for students that introduce critical skills
Print and video materials for peer-supported professional development
 Ongoing coaching from experienced Success for All staff

READ 180 | SYSTEM 44

Read 180 is a reading program designed for students reading at least two years below their grade level.  It consists of five stages to learning.  Each day starts off with a whole group assignment from the "R" Book, reading comprehension, or the "L" Book, building language.  After whole group instruction the students move to group rotations consisting of small group instruction with the classroom teacher, computer time and silent/individual reading group.  All groups are differentiated to better meet individual student's needs.  The day ends with another whole group meeting time.

The components of Read 180 work hand-in-hand with System 44 which is a program designed to build basic phonemic skills for students struggling with word attack skills, syllabication and word awareness.  Although the two programs work well together they can be taught separately and a student can graduate or be promoted out of one program while remaining in the other.

Phillips Elementary School has been very successful with our R180/S44 Program.  Many students have shown tremendous growth in their reading skills in as little as one year, even though the program is designed to be a two year program. We have seen students raise their Lexile/SRI scores as much as 886 points in one year.  100 points is equivalent to one year’s growth in reading ability.

It has been my pleasure working with our fantastic R180/S44 team and teaching the program these past few years.  I am looking forward to an even more successful year in 2015-2016.

Mr. Roberts - R180/S44 Teacher


Reading Roots is a ninety-minute comprehensive program that targets the needs of beginning readers. Reading Roots is a research-based beginning-reading program that provides a strong base for successful reading through systematic phonics instruction supported by decodable stories, along with instruction in fluency and comprehension. Reading Roots also fosters students’ love of reading by providing rich literature experiences, extensive oral-language development, and thematically focused writing instruction. These objectives are embedded in a fast-paced, engaging, and highly effective instructional process. Students are assessed and regrouped according to their reading level every quarter to ensure that they receive the most focused instruction.

Second and third grade nonreaders can be regrouped into Reading Roots classes. This solution includes all the elements needed to ensure success: teacher manuals, student materials, initial training for teachers, intensive onsite and telephone coaching, and tools to monitor students progress.

Reading Roots Curriculum

Reading Roots lessons feature the following parts: 

Fast Track Phonics

Colorful mnemonic pictures are integrated with alliterative phrases, sounds, and letter cues to provide phonemic awareness and phonics instruction in six skills: letter-sound correspondence, auditory sound blending, word-level blending, writing sounds, auditory segmentation of sounds, and sound spelling. Entertaining puppets, chants, and games add fun to the fast-paced systematic instruction that is designed to review and introduce sounds and their written representations. Teachers decide to review or accelerate lessons based on informal monitoring and diagnostic assessments.

Shared Stories

Colorful Shared Story books invite students to use their developing decoding, fluency, and comprehension skills. The teacher presents new vocabulary words, and then guides students to read the story with their partners. Students then discuss their comprehension as they become confident, enthusiastic readers.


Every day of the Reading Roots lesson, students are guided through a writing activity that is related to the theme of both the Shared Story and STaR books. Students use the writing process as they think, speak, and work collaboratively with others.  

Success For All Foundation Reading Roots Program  

Story Telling and Retelling (STaR)

A collection of forty-eight books, both fictional and expository text, are read interactively with students as part of the Reading Roots lessons. Predictiing, clarifying, questioning, summarizing, and visualizing strategies are modeled and practiced as they relate to the comprehension of the text structure, meaning, or story elements of the STaR books.