The REWARDS® family is a powerful research-based, short-term, and specialized program for adolescent students in grades 4–12 who struggle reading long, multisyllabic words and comprehending content-area text.
With explicit, systemic, teacher-led instruction, this intervention gives students new skills to unlock grade-level content-area text.
Dr. Anita Archer is an educational consultant, focusing on explicit instruction, instructional design and delivery, classroom management, and literacy instruction. She is an award-winning educator, nationally known for professional development activities.
Mary M. Gleason, Ph.D.
Dr. Mary Gleason is an educational consultant focusing on implementation of literacy curriculum and instruction. Having taught in general and special education classrooms, she is now a professor at the University of Oregon. Previously, she was director of training for the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI).
Vicky Vachon, Ph.D.
Dr. Vicky Vachon is an educational consultant in the United States, Australia, and Canada. Having been a classroom teacher, she is now part of a multidisciplinary assessment team at the Child Development Clinic's Hospital for Sick Children. Previously, she was a project director for the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI).
REWARDS Intermediate and REWARDS Secondary
Grades: 4–6 (Intermediate), 6–12 (Secondary)
REWARDS is offered at both the Intermediate and Secondary levels, and the focus of both is on decoding multisyllabic words, identifying and understanding prefixes and suffixes, increasing word and passage reading fluency, building academic vocabulary, and deepening comprehension along with building confidence.
Numerous studies have validated its effectiveness. REWARDS is proven to:
Improve students’ abilities to decode long, multisyllabic words
Yield significant increase in fluency
Be effective with all struggling readers, whether they are English language learners, students with reading disabilities, or students who
have simply fallen behind
Be successfully implemented by a wide variety of educators—
teachers, paraprofessionals, and volunteers
REWARDS® Plus builds on the support offered to upper-grade readers by expanding on their newfound literacy decoding skills within a particular content area. A student who has previously encountered REWARDS (Intermediate
or Secondary) now has increased fluency and familiarity with the process of deciphering known elements in unknown multisyllabic vocabulary. REWARDS Plus expands on that skill set by applying it to intriguing, authentic, content-specific text,
Helps students better comprehend social studies content
Topics range from The Culture of Sherpas to Women in Archaeology to United States Citizenship
Skill practice includes summary writing; using background information; and interpreting timelines, maps, and other infographics
Helps students better comprehend science content
Topics range from Atoms to Ecosystems, from Photosynthesis to the Cardiovascular System
Skill practice and instruction includes interpreting graphs and illustrations