Model Program

Read Right

310 W. Birch Street
Shelton, WA 98584

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Contact Information:
Dr. Dee Tadlock
Director of Research and development

Program Specification:






Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

All Ages

Inner City

Grade Level
School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities



A Read Right consultant comes to your school and trains up to four members of your staff (certified teachers or paraprofessionals or a combination) to implement our methodology. Each tutor works with 5 students at a time. We provide everything needed to implement the program: an 850-book library designed to deal with total non-readers through high school (or whatever the highest grade in your school is + one), management systems, assessment and evaluation systems, and monthly reporting of each student's progress and a summary of the health of the project as a whole. We come to your school to do the training, which lasts 7 weeks, all day every day plus an hour after the kids leave. It is spread over (roughly) an 18 week period of time. Training is done with students present, so service to students start immediately. Significant growth is typically seen within the first few sessions, thus students become highly motivated and engaged.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Adult Education, Alternative Education, Bi-lingual/ESL, Charter School, Early Childhood Education, Extended-School/Summer Program, GED, Literacy Development, Middle/Early College, Professional Development, Students with Disabilities

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: 1991
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
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low commitment to school
  • Misbehavior

School factors

  • Teacher expectations

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills


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

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

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

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

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


Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals


Evaluation Information:

Read Right is an innovative reading intervention program for struggling readers of all ages (elementary, secondary, adult) including special education and ELL students. It relies on the plasticity of the brain to remodel the neural network that, in poor readers, guides the reading act inappropriately. The inherent power of brains to build neural circuitry is unleashed and focused on the task of remodeling the reading network. The student is transformed from a poor reader to an excellent reader in a matter of months, not years! Once this major barrier to academic success is removed, students become confident and participatory, and the negative variables typically associated with school dropouts are reversed. Read Right is a scientifically-based program. Data is available upon request, and contact information for schools using the powerful intervention can also be supplied.

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information: