Richards Learning Systems® offers a different and distinctive concept to deliver its reading methods to children and teachers at the same time.
It is an easily-implemented, multi-sensory, systematic phonics program. Richards Learning Systems® blends a cost-effective and time-efficient teacher training program with a research-based, teachable and effective reading program for children.
Millions of children and adults in the United States cannot read well, or at all. The U.S. Government estimates that 50% of our adult population has a reading problem.
Collectively the federal, state and local governments spend $530 BILLION dollars annually on education. Yet our reading scores have remained the same for decades.
College teacher preparation program do not train teachers in a reading method (a step-by-step approach). Rather, they teach various reading theories (ideas) that the teacher must cobble together into their own “method”. Retraining our teachers is costly, running into thousands of dollars for each teacher.
Teachers and students learn the curriculum at the same time through short videos, enhanced by kinesthetic learning activities
Curriculum taught through short, episodic DVD video lessons, plus hands-on practice with workbooks, teacher’s guides, and manipulatives
Eliminates the need for teacher retraining in costly workshops, saving school districts valuable time and thousands of dollars per teacher
We start with a proven reading method entitled Richards Learning Systems®. This program has proved successful by hundreds of teachers in many school districts, private tutors, and parents. Children at every stage of development have successfully learned to read. The RLS approach is particularly effective with special needs children.
RLS combines this successful reading method with visual presentation designed to engage children in the program. Uniquely, as children learn the components of RLS, the teachers will also learn these components and help the children understand and use them to master reading. Student retention and mastery of reading is greatly increased with kinesthetic (touch and muscle movement) learning.
Children need fun, engaging child-centered videos lessons with many different graphics. Our “Disney-esque” lessons that children will look forward to watching, just like the next episode of their favorite TV show.
Each DVD video lesson begins with a brief concept introduction (3 to 5 minutes) that explains the “skill of the day” to both teachers and students. Then students practice the skill in workbooks using manipulatives to reinforce understanding of the day’s concepts. The teacher moves around the classroom informally assessing mastery and may ask students to do board work to further assess their understanding.
Students that have not adequately grasped the day’s concepts can review the day’s DVD concept and do additional practice exercises. And newly enrolled transient students can be “caught up” to their peers with the video format.
Each concept is taught sequentially, building on understanding from previous lessons with continuous review of previously learned skills. With this innovation, teachers quickly absorb the method to teach reading effectively.
Traditionally, teachers are trained in costly, lengthy workshops. When the school is paying for the workshop, it is responsible for workshop tuition, teacher and student materials, teacher salaries, and substitute teacher salaries. The cost adds up quickly, which can be very expensive for 20 to 30 teachers. The average cost is about $4,000+ per attending teacher.
By training teachers and students at the same time, Richards Learning Systems® eliminates the need for teacher retraining in a costly workshop format. When a teacher leaves, the program is passed on to the new teacher who is again trained in her classroom with her students.
For decades, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) reading test scores have not risen. CMSD has had twelve superintendents in the last twenty years. Today Mr. Eric Gordon, CMSD CEO and newly elected “Urban Educator of the Year”, is passionately committed to helping the children of Cleveland learn to read. The Creative Education Institute has partnered with Eric Gordon and CMSD to change the way children read and teachers learn to teach reading. The solution — Richards Learning Systems®.
Initially, 27 K-2 classrooms will participate in the project. A skilled reading researcher will carefully study the efficacy of the teachers’ and students’ success with this innovation approach. Our partnership and methodology will dramatically improve the reading skills for Cleveland children and ultimately beyond to other cities.
There are plenty of online reading programs. However, most of the time, students with poor reading skills are placed in front of a computer and expected to learn on their own with little, if any, support from a teacher or even an aide. And the teacher in charge has few ways of supporting the failing child or children because of their poor teacher training.
Our video training concept engages both teachers and students who will learn together. The Richards Learning Systems® innovative approach will measure:
Participating schools will be asked to provide standardized test scores. An independent evaluator specializing in systematic reading instruction will measure results.
“With lots of talk about many different sources, it’s refreshing to find someone
with a simple and believable plan that will improve our system.
Carole Richards has been an educator for more than 30 years,
in her own business for about 25 of those years.
Her solution attacks the problem directly and cost-effectively.”
“Your [Richards Learning Systems®] approach has been the best thing to hit [my class].
They bought into the approach and my excitement to teach it.
No college class has ever taught me how to teach reading, especially to high school kids. I now know.”
“My fourth period class is made up of high school students who read at a 1st to 2nd grade level.
We have been using [Richards Learning Systems®]… The program is structured, easy to use, and fun.
As a teacher, I appreciate the fact that the program includes everything needed to teach.”