Model Program

Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction

2965 East 3435 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
http://www.ecri.cc

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Contact Information:
Dr. Ethna R. Reid, Ph.D.
Director
801.486.5083
ereid@xmission.com

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention
Recovery/Reentry

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

All Ages

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City
Tribal

Individuals
Clusters/Groups
Grade Level
School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction (ECRI) is a staff development program implemented by teachers of Grades 1 through 12. Teachers are provided seminars on ECRI techniques for reading and English instruction, effective scheduling of class time, and methods for identifying and correcting reading problems. During the seminars, participants observe demonstrations, teach sample lessons, and pass proficiency tests on the use of new approaches. ECRI staff visit implementation sites to demonstrate and monitor implementations. ECRI staff work with administrators, coaches, and supervisors. ECRI is an integrated approach to teaching with a focus on individualized instruction techniques and positive reinforcement. It is designed to increase student motivation, use class time efficiently, and introduce multi-sensory instructional techniques. Skills are taught in a careful sequence that moves students to mastery at the fastest possible pace. Once teachers are comfortable with the ECRI instructional approach in reading/English, they use its techniques across all subject areas.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Behavior Management/Discipline, Bi-lingual/ESL, Computer Assisted Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Extended-School/Summer Program, Family/Parental Involvement, Literacy Development, Mentoring/Tutoring, Middle/Early College, Professional Development, Study Skills

Strategies for Locating Students:
Unspecified

Starting Date: 1965
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk peer group
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Large number of siblings
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios
  • Race/ethnicity
  • School math achievement
  • School policies and practices
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament

Competence

  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $25,000 - $100,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

Teachers
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD
Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

U.S. Department of Education

Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies