“Oh, the places they won’t go”

It’s a bore on the shore—We’ve got to do more
Than snore and ignore the need to restore
The readers who struggle with no end in sight—
Stuck, stranded, beached…
Something’s not right!
Oh, the places they won’t go!
Even smart students in STEM
—It’s the truth!—
Can’t grow if their reading skills
Don’t take root.
And the treasures in words
Are just out of reach,
In spite of the glorious things
That you teach.
Oh, the places they won’t go!
It’s a bore on the shore,
Oh, please, please do more
Because struggling readers
Are more than a score!
Let’s re-write their story,
starting today,
So in just a few months they are
well on their way
To the places they want to go!
(Kay Kincl 2015)

“It’s a Bore on the Shore”
presented at the 2015 Florida Reading Association Conference

RST is the least expensive and most effective reading intervention available.

BE DONE with reading deficiencies

Most American schools and post-secondary institutions do not provide reading interventions that are intensive enough to meet struggling readers’ needs. Consequently, thousands of students, who are bright and have the potential to achieve, languish in reading intervention classes year after year.
Schools spend thousands of dollars on computers, technology-based reading programs, curriculum, and teacher training that yield disappointing gains.
“Both research and logic suggest that we must find a way to deliver more intensive, more powerful instruction to students reading below grade level, because they must accelerate in their development.”
Dr. Joseph Torgesen
( 2006, Florida Center for Reading Research)

Reading Strength Training (RST) is the first and last reading intervention a student needs. While other reading interventions report significant gains, RST consistently reports a cure.
Provided in one-on-one sessions once a week, RST helps students conquer their reading deficiencies in one semester or less. Success can even be measured in hours, rather than months or years.

RST data is compelling:
In addition to students’ cumulative school records that document their academic struggles, data (both qualitative and quantitative) have been collected on over 300 RST students from 17 schools in Leon County, Florida, via student, parent, and teacher surveys; student interviews and self- evaluation that show the holistic impact of RST.

Typical RST results are:
Immediate and sustained improvement of school grades in other classes
Better testing performance
More independence in completing homework
Enhanced self-esteem
Renewed interest in reading
Improved speaking and writing skills
No subsequent enrollment in a remedial reading class
Success in college or technical programs

The vision is for struggling readers on every school campus to have to have access to RST so that they can conquer the reading deficiencies that threaten their potential for success in school, career, and life.
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