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Reading Intervention SpellRead from PCI Education

SpellRead - Proven intervention for your most struggling readers 

SpellRead™ is a one-year, small-group reading intervention program that focuses on phonological automaticity and reading fluency while providing explicit comprehension and vocabulary instruction, as well as opportunities for writing. 

  • Using a multisensory approach, students learn to recognize and manipulate the 44 English sounds; practice, apply, and transfer their skills using leveled readers and trade books; and write about their reading.

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  • Robust materials help students learn actively and efficiently; age- and grade-appropriate leveled readers and trade books promote the use of new skills.

  • Comprehensive teacher materials help educators effectively implement Phase A, B, and C of the program through explicit instructional strategies.

  • A Web-based Instructor Support System allows educators to monitor progress; compare student, class, and school performance; create reports; and recognize student success with awards and certificates.



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SpellRead Builds Reading Success - Once In, Once Out

The SpellRead Difference
This reading intervention program doesn’t just promise results, it delivers. SpellRead
is purposefully designed for the most struggling readers in grades 2–12, including students two or more years behind in reading, special education students, and English language learners. SpellRead can make a difference and help your students become more confident readers.

The Problem: A Broken FoundationExample of problem that SpellRead solves
Mastering the phonological coding system to a level of automaticity provides a strong reading foundation for reading in all content areas—without it students will continue to struggle throughout the grades. As texts become difficult, students become overwhelmed using compensatory strategies and fall further behind. SpellRead can end the cycle of failure.

The Solution: SPELLREAD
SpellRead provides a clear path for students to master phonological automaticity and to become efficient and exSpellRead fixes core reading skillspert readers. This research-based program and instructional materials are specifically created to meet the needs of your struggling readers. With small groups, more time on task, and high quality teacher training, SpellRead has all the necessary components for effective intervention that repair and strengthen a student’s reading foundation.

The SpellRead Approach
SpellRead’s multisensory approach bridges a student’s sound system and oral language to build automaticity and trains the brain to efficiently process language read for understanding. Once through SpellRead, your students will have the skills they need to improve overall comprehension, and can confidently advance to more complex texts in all content areas. Once in, once out!







SpellRead Structured Activities Develop Automaticity and Efficiency

Comprehensive Instructional Cycle

SpellRead combines effective reading instruction with a proven delivery method. ThisSpellread Comprehensive Instruction cycle intensive intervention model is designed for groups of five students with one certified teacher or paraprofessional, ideally in a 60- to 90-minute instructional block. Daily instructional cycle includes:

  • Linguistic Foundations builds automaticity with scaffolded phonics and phonemic awareness activities.
  • Active Reading supports students’ fluency through oral-reading practice using trade books and leveled readers.
  • Writing Connections develops students’ ability to turn oral language into written language.

Linguistic Foundations Approach
Linguistic Foundations is a multi­sensory presentation of phonemic awareness Linguistic Foundations Approachand phonics activities that occur side-by-side. The creative and varied array of exercises enhance student motivation while simultaneously working and reworking a skill to the point
of automaticity.

Skills Progress Systematically
The SpellRead program, with 105 lessons, is divided into three phases: A, B, and C. All students start with the first lesson of phase A and progress systematically Linguistic Foundations Cardfrom simple to more complex sounds and words.

  • Phase A: 50 lessons
    Students learn the 44 sounds with a focus on single syllable words.
  • Phase B: 30 lessons
    Students learn consonant blends, secondary vowel spelling and decode two-syllable words.
  • Phase C: 25 lessons
    Students learn nonphonetic common clusters, verb forms,and decode words of three or more syllables.

Focused Activities Lead to Mastery
Linguistic Foundations uses a consistent set of phonemic activities to build accuracy and automaticity.


SpellRead Students Become Active Readers Who Engage With Text

Active Reading Builds Fluency
Students read aloud daily from relevant and engaging books. They are able to synthesizeActive Reading Builds Fluency and apply the skills they have been learning. The goal of Active Reading is to build students’ fluency and to improve overall comprehension, while building oral language.

includes classroom libraries that contain leveled readers as well as trade books. The books are matched to the group’s instructional level, age, and interests, and represent a range of genres for reading success in all content areas.

Strategy Lessons Support the Instructional Cycle
As the class progresses through the instructional cycle, teachers introduce explicit comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. The Active Reading/Writing Connections Guide contains mini-lessons to teach struggling readers the strategies that are instinctively used by good readers to derive meaning from various types of texts.

Writing Connections Links Oral and Written Language Skills
The final step in the instructional cycle is Writing Connections. Students write each day in response to their reading and with a specific purpose. Students use their growing sound/symbol knowledge to access their language base and to record their thoughts. The Student Writing Journal serves as a portfolio of student progress.


NEW! SpellRead for SMART Table™ Activities

SpellRead for SMART Table games extend the proven success of the SpellRead program into collaborative technology with three games for the SMART Table interactive learning center. Each game draws on content derived from SpellRead and presents it in an interactive, engaging format for additional practice, effective with or without the implementation of the SpellRead program. The games leverage SpellRead’s phonics activities to help students practice building, pronouncing, and identifying words, and are easily integrated into any reading curriculum. Additionally, the games have earned accreditation as Premium SMART Table applications from Smart Technologies, Inc.

When combined with the SpellRead program, SpellRead for SMART Table extends the program into a blended learning solution. The games offer additional practice with words and word parts presented in the SpellRead program and can supplement the learning that is already taking place in this established, proven-effective program


The use of the SMART Table encourages engaged, collaborative, small-group learning. The SMART Table is optimized for multitouch functionality and can interpret up to 120 distinct touches, whether from fingers, elbows, styluses, or other implements, enabling its use as assistive technology for students with physical limitations.

A progress monitoring module within the Teacher Area of each game enables teachers to create student users and groups. Progress monitoring data includes time spent playing each level of each game, which words built, pronounced, and identified were correct, and which were incorrect. Teachers determine the level of difficulty for each session. The levels reflect the phases in SpellRead. Level A focuses on one-syllable words, Level B focuses on two-syllable words, and Level C focuses on three-syllable words.

For more details or to order these games, please click here: SpellRead for SMART Table Activities.



Professional Development is a required component of SpellRead with initial purchase, to ensure student success. PCI provides a variety of training modules based on adult-learning theory, including extensive on-site training sessions and coaching visits. PCI Education will work with administrators to adapt SpellRead training requirements within the limits of program standards. In every case, districts and schools that choose SpellRead will experience an unsurpassed level of excellence in professional development, designed to end the cycle of failure for their most struggling readers. Please email us at spellread@pcieducation.com to discuss implementation.

Get More Information about SpellRead

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SpellRead - Download the Research Summary SpellRead - Download the Research Foundation Paper
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