A flexible, effective literacy solution for your school
Are your students responding to intervention? Learning to read and write is not easy for many students, so why teach it backward? If you’re not seeing the response you need to see with core instruction and tiered interventions, it’s time for change. We’re here to help.
Colorado READ Act Approved
We are very excited to announce that SPELL-Links was approved by Colorado DOE as Supplemental Instructional Program. SPELL-Links was also approved by the Colorado DOE as an Intervention Program.
Colorado has led the way in advancing evidence-based reading instruction in its schools. We’re very proud to be on the Colorado READ Act’s Advisory List for Instructional Programming!
SPELL-Links was carefully reviewed through a multi-step rigorous vetting process and determined to meet the criteria of evidence-based instructional programming as defined by the Colorado READ Act.
The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) was passed by the Colorado legislature in 2012, giving the state the guiding philosophy, structure and resources to get children reading at grade level by the time they enter the fourth grade.
The READ Act focuses on early literacy development for all students and especially for students at risk to not read at grade level by the end of the third grade. Students are tested for reading skills, and those who are not reading at grade level are given individual READ plans.
Why Schools Need SPELL-Links
Your staff and students need a flexible, effective literacy solution that gets results everyone feels good about. Unfortunately, most traditional reading and writing programs leave potential on the table by failing to leverage the brain’s innate wiring and abilities.
Our brains are biologically wired for oral language, but traditional programs begin with the written letter and teach students to map letters’ sounds (an approach called “print to speech”). This unnatural approach makes learning to read and write more difficult than it needs to be.
Symptoms of a broken literacy solution:
We help you overcome these challenges to get the literacy results you want and your students deserve. SPELL-Links puts spoken language first,utilizing a speech-to-print approach based on neurobiological brain research. Our methodology and materials focus on developing, connecting, and integrating the different processes and regions of the brain involved in effective reading and writing. Students first learn how to attend to the sound structure of spoken English words and then learn how to connect sounds, letter patterns, and meanings to develop the reading and writing neural circuits required to read and spell. Strong gains in reading, writing, and spelling using this approach have been well documented in 20 years of clinical and neuroimaging research.
Switching to a new literacy solution can seem intimidating. We work alongside school administrators to make the process simple and enjoyable, from concept to rollout and beyond.
3. Roll out & See Results
Thoughtfully roll out SPELL-Links products and professional development programming to empower and engage all team members.
4. Achieve Long-term Success
Get the most from your investment in literacy by leveraging our experts, resources, and partnerships to establish and support organizational practices and processes.
We offer support for every step toward literacy success.
We understand how difficult it is to introduce something new while keeping a positive school climate and honoring the work your team has done in the past. There’s a lot of pressure to make the right decisions and ensure teachers and students are performing at their best.
That’s why we partner with you and offer ongoing support and professional development opportunities throughout the process of change.