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95 Percent Group + Tools 4 Reading: The Perfect Partnership

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“Thanks for being at the forefront of making science of reading materials accessible to teachers and districts! It was so helpful to see how Kid Lips, the Sound Wall, and 95 Phonics Core® Program work together to align phonology and phonetics.”

Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer at 95 Percent Group, and Dr. Mary Dahlgren, Founder of Tools 4 Reading and Literacy Executive in Residence at 95 Percent Group, talk about what this new partnership means for educators and how it will effectively support instructional practices.

Laura and Mary share how Tools 4 Reading’s products and professional learning resources fit into our expanding ecosystem of evidence-based literacy instruction and resources to improve student outcomes.

Webinar highlights include:

  • Taking a closer look at our cohesive literacy ecosystem as we add Tools 4 Reading resources and how it works to develop grade-level readers,
  • Examining how 95 Percent Group’s and Tools 4 Reading our shared missions can drive reading achievement in your school or district, and
  • Identifying how Tools 4 Reading products, including Sound Walls and Kid Lips, support and strengthen 95 Phonics Core Program® lessons.

Watch the On-Demand Webinar at your convenience and check out the resources below.

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95 Phonics Core Program®: Tier 1 Structured Literacy Solution for K-5 Rooted in the Science of Reading

95 Phonics Core Program®: Tier 1 Structured Literacy Solution for K-5 Rooted in the Science of Reading Our explicit phonics program is strategically designed to effectively address skill gaps, improve instructional practices, and reduce intervention needs. This whole class resource is an essential part of our comprehensive multi-tiered product and professional learning ecosystem. Learn more and download grade-level resources by visiting our 95 Phonics Core Program Resource Center.

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Do Students in 4th and 5th Grades Still Need Reading Instruction?

In this article, Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer, highlights the critical need to provide a robust word study program in the intermediate grades. Laura shares take an in-depth look at why students need to close foundational skill gaps, learn strategies for decoding multisyllabic words, and receive explicit morphology instruction to navigate complex text.

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95 Percent Group Ecosystem Infographic

Take a closer look at how our comprehensive suite of products and professional learning services work together across grade levels and tiers to improve instructional practices and student outcomes. Download this interactive resource and click on the embedded links to view product overviews, sample lessons, and additional information about the professional learning opportunities that form our ecosystem.

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95 Percent Group Product and Professional Learning Ecosystem in Action

Here we take an in-depth look at the Wicomico School District in Maryland, whose leadership and literacy team worked together to transform their approach to reading instruction. They saw, in return, strong student improvement. One changemaker, Dr. Renee R. Hall, offers tips for other educators on advancing literacy in their school or district.

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95 Percent Group Ecosystem Research Study

A two-year evaluation of a multi-product implementation of 95 Percent Group Products was conducted in the Wicomico, Maryland school district. Two similar schools were paired and compared during the 2020-2021 (remote) school year and the 2021-2022 (in-person) school year. During the two-year study, the effect size of the 95 Percent Group treatment group made two times more progress than that of the comparison group (0.64 vs. 0.31)

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Tools 4 Reading Supports our Mission to Unlock the Power of Literacy for all Students 

“Since founding Tools 4 Reading in 2010, my team and I have taken seriously our commitment to work directly with teachers to embrace the science behind reading and to give them the tools to do so,” Dr. Dahlgren said. “Our passion has only intensified over the years as we have watched these educators feel empowered as they implement effective reading instruction in their classrooms. In 95 Percent Group, I am confident we have found the perfect partner who shares our beliefs and goals and will carry our mission into the future.”

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