About Right to Read
Promoting Response to Intervention
Catching Children Before They Fail... the Right to Read is a program of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta (LDAA).
- The program was developed by psychologists and reading specialists to address the early reading readiness deficits of children who are at risk for reading failure
- LDAA is aware of the longitudinal research that has been conducted about the effectiveness of reading readiness programs for students with learning and reading disabilities. It is estimated that one-quarter of the students in North American classrooms are at risk for literacy difficulties.
- LDAA’s vision for the program is to identify young children at risk of reading difficulties so they will receive intervention at the earliest possible stage in their educational development
- LDAA’s objective for the program was to provide teachers, schools and divisions with an accessible, affordable measure to screen all their students for reading readiness skills; recognizing that poor phonemic awareness is a significant risk factor for future reading disabilities.
- The LDAA works with teachers to promote the use of credible, effective interventions to maximize the overall literacy level of those with weak reading readiness skills
The Reading Readiness Screening Tool
From the Right to Read program, the Reading Readiness Screening Tool was designed to support early identification and intervention for reading difficulties encountered by young children in kindergarten and grade 1 for English. Recently, the Reading Readiness Screening Tool has been adapted for application in French Immersion at grades 1 and 2.
Those French teachers who have tried out Outil de diagnostique pour la prélecture have found the results to be extremely useful when programming for students who are at risk for reading difficulties.
Along with the screening tool, LDAA offers the opportunity to learn relevant intervention strategies. The program provides a document with interventions for teachers to use in the classroom, as well as a guide that parents may use to support the work of the teacher at home.
What Teachers are Saying About the English Program
I mentioned to my principal that the Reading Readiness Screening Tool is a complete and organized resource that is age appropriate for my class and that I will be using it as a key assessment tool for the upcoming school year and years to come! What I love about the screening tool the most is it doesn’t just end after the testing. With the score sheet I am able to determine how the student is developing at a certain point in the school year. I can then use the results and suggestions I learned from the sessions as well as share with parents about how to build on the skills that are needed to become a better reader in a focused area of reading.
Lyndsi Downie, Westbrook School
Accessing the Right to Read Program
The program is offered through:
- LDAA organized two-day workshops
- District organized two-day workshops
- On-line as a self-paced program moderated by Power Schools.
The Reading Readiness Screening Tool and applicable teacher and parent activities documents are included for the exclusive use of all those who attend the workshops.
Professional Development and Awareness
Experienced professionals are available through the Right to Read program to facilitate workshops or speak at conferences. They are also available to provide information about emerging literacy related to the efficacy of screening and successful responses to intervention programs for students with learning difficulties.