Welcome to the REWARDS Family


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.

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REWARDS Intermediate and
REWARDS Secondary

Grades: 4–6 (Intermediate), 6–12 (Secondary)

by Anita Archer, Mary Gleason, and Vicky Vachon

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

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REWARDS Plus: Science and
REWARDS Plus: Social Studies

Grades: 6–12

Builds student savvy in complex content areas

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 previous 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 and infographics.

SOCIAL STUDIES
  • 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
SCIENCE
  • 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

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REWARDS Writing

Grades: 5–12

REWARDS Writing is a research-based writing program for intermediate and secondary students and focuses on instruction and practice in three key areas of writing:

  • Sharpening word choice
  • Sentence refinement
  • Editing paragraphs

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RESPECTED AUTHORSHIP
Anita Archer

Anita L. Archer, Ph.D.

Dr. Anita Archer is an educational consultant, focusing on the areas of explicit instruction, instructional design and delivery, classroom management, and literacy instruction. The recipient of more than 10 awards honoring her excellence in teaching and contributions to the field of education, Dr. Archer is also nationally known for her professional development activities.

Mary Gleason

Mary. M. Gleason, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Gleason is an educational consultant with a focus on the implementation of literacy curriculum and instruction. Dr. Gleason has taught in general education and special education classrooms and served as a professor at the University of Oregon for 20 years and was previously the director of training for the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI).

Vicky Vachon

Vicky Vachon, Ph.D.

Dr. Vicky Vachon is an educational consultant to school districts in the United States, Australia, and Canada. Dr. Vachon has many years of experience as a classroom teacher and also as part of a multidisciplinary assessment team at the Child Development Clinic’s Hospital for Sick Children. She has served as a project director for the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI).