Reading Reform Foundation teaching consultants provided one-to- one mentoring to kindergarten through third-grade teachers each school year by approximately 60 twice-weekly visits. The visits consisted of a private consultation period, followed by in-class coaching and instruction with the teacher.
Reading Reform Foundation’s strategies are effective with all students, including those who can read easily, bilingual students, those for whom English is not the first language, children in Integrated Co-Teaching [ICT] classes, and students who struggle to read due to learning differences. Through their teachers, these students learn the written structure of the English language, including parts of speech, word order, and rules of capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.
A study of the effectiveness of Reading Reform Foundation’s approach found that “teachers who received instruction and guidance from Reading Reform Foundation teaching consultants were very effective in improving the reading and spelling achievement of their students.... Even though students and classrooms may have entered grades performing below expected levels, the growth that they exhibited during the school year was impressive.”
Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy
The late Sandra Priest Rose established the Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy at the School of Education at Manhattanville College in 2013. As a Manhattanville College alumna (class of 1973), and a long-time teacher committed to effective instruction in reading, Mrs. Rose wanted to make sure that a program was offered through the College’s School of Education to enable teachers to learn a structured, multisensory approach to teaching reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension. Since the Rose Institute began, Mrs. Rose’s ideas for how teachers should be trained to teach reading have had a powerful impact on educators and students equally. Her profound legacy and indomitable spirit are felt every day and in every way at Manhattanville’s School of Education. As Mrs. Rose wrote, “This careful analysis of words, often as new to the teacher as to the students, is the beginning of the intellectual journey that is the birthright of every child.”
The Rose Institute offers an Advanced Certificate in The Science of Reading: Multisensory Instruction for practicing classroom teachers, reading specialists, and literacy coaches to learn how to use multisensory strategies related to word study, reading, and writing instruction. In addition to this program for graduate credit, the Institute offers professional development courses focused on either the Spalding method or the Orton-Gillingham approach.
Data about the effectiveness of the Institute’s methodology in conjunction with Reading Reform Foundation were collected and analyzed from school districts in the New York metropolitan area, including New York City.
Reading Reform Foundation, which is closing its doors June 1, 2018, and will offer no further programming, hands over with pride the spirit of its program, as the late Mrs. Rose wished, to the Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy at Manhattanville College.
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The Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy at Manhattanville College
For any administrative matters regarding Reading Reform Foundation after June 1, 2018, please contact Elizabeth Levis, [email protected]