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We design and deliver customized, flexible professional development designed to meet your needs.  Our PD is onsite, ongoing and job-embedded.
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RTI and MTSS

Translate the concepts of RTI and MTSS into reality. 95 Percent Group can help you plan and execute a coordinated approach for successful implementation.

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We offer teacher training and instructional products designed for the Common Core State Standards.

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Why 95 Percent Group?

We help you achieve dramatic increases in student reading achievement and teacher development.
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Instructional Materials

We offer proprietary materials and lesson plans in the major areas of reading instruction in K-8, for use in both intervention group and whole class instruction.

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INTRODUCING OUR ALL-NEW PHONICS SUPPLEMENT

95 Phonics Skill Series™: Short Vowels 

95 Phonics Skill Series™: Short Vowels is a supplemental resource developed to meet the needs of all95 Phonics Skill Series Short Vowels students (Grades 1 - 8) who require instructional reinforcement and explicit instruction of all 5 short vowels in CVC words to reach closed syllable pattern mastery. This product is the latest addition to our suite of multitiered phonics supplementary programs, grounded in the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy, to strengthen your current ELA curriculum.

95 Percent Group Phonics Continuum CVC Words
Having experienced what explicit, systematic, and sequential phonics instruction looks like with our intervention suite of products, our clients asked us to consider developing additional phonics resources that allow teachers to improve their depth of phonics concepts and their ability to provide effective instruction, in a variety of educational settings.

The 95 Phonics Skill Series™: Short Vowels is the first in a series of phonics lessons designed to fill gaps, review, or enrich specific phonics skills. The program includes all-inclusive Teacher and Student Packages requiring little teacher prep for immediate implementation.

Click here for additional information about this engaging, versatile resource.

Our 95 Phonics Summer School 2nd Edition is back for Summer 2022

We’re excited to announce that our 95 Phonics Booster Bundle™: Summer School 2nd Edition will be available once again to use as a core component of your summer program with new content to address gaps in foundational skills. The Summer School 2nd  Edition is a comprehensive phonics and word study program designed to ‘catch students up’ when school is not in session to boost skills and improve reading success.   
95 Booster Bundle Summer School Edition 2022

 Learn more by downloading the Program Overview

This program provides targeted research-based structured literacy instruction, for rising 1st through 3rd graders, that is explicit, systematic, sequential, and cumulative. For overextended teachers who need to focus on current instructional needs, the program takes care of all the planning because the Teacher’s Package and Student Workbook Package provide everything needed including engaging individual student phonics manipulatives and decodable texts. No lesson planning is needed, and teachers don’t have to pull materials to create instruction for the summer weeks.

Download the comprehensive program overview to learn more including:  a complete description, rationale for development, research, materials and grade level Scope and Sequence. 

95 Percent Group Announces Partnership with Leeds Equity to Support Evidence-Based Literacy

95 Percent Group is excited to announce that Leeds Equity has made a significant investment in our company that will enable us to further develop our literacy curriculum as well as invest in our digital solutions. This development further strengthens our ability to empower educators with instructional resources and strategies proven to significantly raise reading achievement.

We are looking forward to beginning this next chapter with Leeds Equity, a private equity firm that’s dedicated to partnering with management teams across the Knowledge Industries. Leeds shares our mission and vision to support early literacy by providing products and services that are grounded in the Science of Reading and aligned with the principles of Structured Literacy.

Our company will continue to be led by Brad Lindaas, President. Brad joined 95 Percent Group as President in February 2018, working closely with co-founders Susan and David Hall. For over 3 years, Brad has increasingly been responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations and will continue to provide strong leadership and unparalleled client focus. Susan Hall will continue to support the company’s growth and mission as a member of the Board of Directors, and both Susan and David will support Brad with transition activities for a period of time before retiring from the company.

As a company, we are enthusiastic about the opportunities to serve you better that this investment enables, and we look forward to sharing information about new products and services in the coming months. In the meantime: we will continue to support you in the same way we always have. Your representatives in sales, consulting, and customer service remain the same. Please continue to contact us in the same way you have in the past: we are here to support you.  

To learn more about this investment, please read the complete press release. If you have any questions about 95 Percent Group, please reach out to info@95percentgroup.com.

Address Phonics Gaps at anytime During the School Year
95 Phonics Booster Bundle™: Tune-Up Grades 1 - 3  

95 Phonics Booster Bundle Tune-UpOur recently released 95 Phonics Booster Bundle™: Tune-Up was developed to provide teachers with an explicit phonics program to quickly address unfinished learning as school resumes for the 2021-22 school year.

Tune-Up provides teachers with scripted phonics and word study lessons to immediately catch up students who have experienced gaps during the prior school year. We encourage educators to use this 25-day structured literacy based program at the beginning of the school year to cover critical skills right away - even before all BOY assessments are completed.

Study shows Summer School Edition 2021 and Tune-Up Contents Significantly Improved Student Outcomes

A recently published independent study conducted to evaluate the impact of the 95 Phonics Booster Bundle™: Summer School Edition (SSE) on phonics growth using the SSE assessment measures showed that all grade levels demonstrated significant gains. In fact, the main takeaway from this study was that:

"95 Phonics Booster Bundle: Summer School Edition effectively increases students' phonics skills in a four-week summer program, helping close phonics gaps before the start of school."

Targeting Grades 1 - 3, the Tune-Up program was created by reintroducing 100% of the content in our 95 Phonics Booster Bundle: Summer School Edition 2021. Tune-Up is designed to quickly address phonics deficits and improve student outcomes.

Tune-Up Includes Full-Color Presentation Files

The teacher's package includes a Presentation Files component to improve instructional pacing and student engagement. Watch the Presentation File Demo to see how this animated digital feature can be used in class or with remote leaning. 


Download Tune-Up Overview and Sample Lessons

Learn more about our Phonic Booster Bundle™: Tune-Up, download sample lessons and discover how our proven research-based approach can be used to close early literacy deficits and prepare students for future reading success.
 

Advancing Evidence-Based Instructional Practices to Improve Reading Achievement

In general, educators agree as to what skilled word reading is, and what it looks like.  The disagreement lies in HOW to help their students become proficient readers. This well-publicized reading debate centers around the best way to teach students to read.

susan-hall_sIn this video presentation, Dr. Susan Hall examines the current views about word reading, takes a closer look at how skilled readers read, and explores evidence-based science of reading practices that are connected to brain research. What is the science behind reading? And, how can we fix the 'profound disconnection between the science of reading and educational practice'*?

Watch to learn more about the Science of Reading and how this knowledge can positively impact your instructional practices in the new school year.  Download the session handouts and share this presentation with your colleagues to continue this important discussion and learning experience.

Be sure to check out our Foundational Literacy Course: Understanding the Science of Reading, a perfect starting point for all educators to have a shared understanding of this critical topic.

*Seidenberg, M. (2017). Language at the Speed of Sight. How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It. Basic Books, p 9.

10 Success Factors for Literacy Intervention

10 Success Factors for Literacy Intervention by Dr. Susan HallIn some schools, MTSS/RTI is losing steam because other initiatives are consuming educators’ attention. A systemic approach to differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students should be non-negotiable. 

Download this complimentary 8-page booklet to preview the 10 Success Factors and watch our on-demand webinar series. This publication can also be used as a comprehensive Book Study for a district, school, or grade-level team. The Book Study Bundle includes a Facilitator's Guide to promote meaningful conversations among participating staff and Reader's Guides to further engage participants.  

 

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Complimentary Webinar and Panel Discussion

SOR Reading League IL Webinar

We're looking forward to collaborating with The Reading League Illinois to share this educational session. Due to the overwhelming response, all seats for the live event have been reserved.

To ensure that all educators have the opportunity to view the webinar and panel discussion we're providing on-demand access to watch at your convenience. Click here to learn more and to receive the link after the event.

95 Percent Group Phonics Core Program

Improve Instruction and Reduce Intervention Needs
95 Phonics Core Program™ for Grades K - 3 

Having experienced what explicit, systematic, and sequential phonics instruction looks like with our suite of intervention products, our clients asked us to consider developing a Tier 1 phonics strand that’s grounded in the Science of Reading and the Principles of Structured Literacy.

Introducing a Tier 1 Phonics Program that’s grounded in the Science of Reading and the Principles of Structured Literacy

The 95 Phonics Core Program™ (95PCP™) is taught whole-class in just 20 minutes a day, as part of a 30-week comprehensive reading and language arts curriculum. A hallmark of 95PCP™ is that it provides explicit instruction in core phonics components (with minimum teacher prep) including word-sorting, sound-spelling mapping with and without manipulatives, word chains, and transfer to text.

The engaging Grade Level kits include a fully-scripted Teacher's Edition, Student Workbooks, manipulatives, digital presentations, and assessments -  making it ideal for both in-person and remote instruction.

Intensify Phonics Instruction and Reduce Student Intervention Needs

As you analyze your beginning of the year assessment data and start looking for ways to intensify phonics instruction, reduce intervention needs, and improve outcomes we invite you to learn more about the 95 Phonics Core Program™.

Phoneme Screener teacher with student

Have your students mastered Phoneme Substitution?

David Kilpatrick (2015)* says that phonemic manipulation skills continue to develop through fourth grade and that most curricula and assessments stop monitoring phonemic awareness in first grade.  

Advanced phonemic awareness skills are essential for learning unfamiliar words which is critical for reading success. 95 Percent Group provides a complimentary Phoneme Substitution Screener designed to determine if students in grades 1-4 have mastered phoneme substitution. 

Download our Phoneme Substitution Screener to find out if ALL of your students have mastered Phoneme Substitution.

 *Kilpatrick, D. (2015). Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (NJ: Wiley).

95 Percent Group Company Guide

Want to find out how our professional development and aligned resources can improve instructional practices and close early literacy deficits?

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Understanding Dyslexia Online Training Course

Engaging Content at Your Convenience

Our online training course, Understanding Dyslexia™ is designed to provide educators with a deeper understanding of what dyslexia is, how to identify the signs and symptoms, and to dispel myths about this learning disability.  

Did you know that Early Identification and Intervention is Critical for Student Success?

Early identification is key and whether you’re a classroom teacher, intervention specialist, reading coach, Title 1 teacher, special education teacher, or an administrator, completing this training will better prepare you to meet all student needs.  Register 24/7 and complete Understanding Dyslexia online, at your convenience.

Science of Reading On-Demand Webinar Series

95 Live! Webinar SeriesMake our complimentary on-demand webinar series a part of your professional development. 
Each thirty-minute on-demand webinar is presented by one of our experienced consultants. Educators at all levels are encouraged to view all 8 of our Science of Reading sessions.

Topics include Teaching with Decodable TextMastering the Questioning ProcessOrthographic MappingHow the Brain ReadsScarborough's RopePhonemic Awareness for Older StudentsBalanced Literacy vs Structured Literacy, and Morphological Awareness.