Professional Development Success Story:
TRI and a Central North Carolina District
Targeted Reading Instruction (TRI) is an evidence-based professional development program that prepares teachers to work with students in a one-on-one setting daily for a period of 8-10 weeks to rapidly accelerate reading progress. TRI easily integrates with the district adopted curriculum, placing a strong focus on synthesizing sounds to decode text.
One school in central North Carolina has worked with Targeted Reading Instruction since the 2019-2020 school year. TRI has provided a concrete illustration of how to apply the science of reading in the classroom, complimenting the state required LETRS training.
That first year,TRI worked with kindergarten and first grade teachers until Covid hit and schools shut down. Once everyone returned to school, TRI returned as well to work with the first-grade team for the 2021-2022 school year. TRI provided materials and professional development (both in-person and virtual) as well as weekly one-on-one coaching for teachers as they worked with students. The virtual coaching model provides immediate support and feedback without the disruption of having additional adults in the classroom.
The partnership in North Carolina has continued for the 2022-2023 school year, involving work with new first grade teachers and previous TRI educators. With the experienced TRI educators, the TRI coach has facilitated mini-workshops around adapting the one-on-one model to small group instruction and routinely models the small group approach in-person. The ongoing support has resulted in a dedicated group of teachers that serve as a driving force behind TRI permeating all aspects of early reading instruction in the school. Interventionists reinforce TRI strategies and activities providing continuity of instruction across settings. Teachers support one another, sharing ideas and what’s working to meet the needs of all students.
During the 2021-2022 school year, TRI students outperformed control students on alphabetics, decoding, and comprehension measures.Similar gains are expected from this year’s students. With grant funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), TRI is currently working on developing a digital version of the program that will be accessible to a wide range of educators, with enhanced potential for tutoring applications.