The Academic Success Blog by Great Leaps

Building Word and World Knowledge

Building Word and World Knowledge

From the author Ken Campbell's speech at the NYC Everyone Reading conference in February 2021.   Let’s open right off – reading is not figuring out...

14 Characteristics of Good Remedial Teaching

14 Characteristics of Good Remedial Teaching

1. Remedial instruction should not be carried out during activities that the student loves. 

This often involves some sacrifice and flexibility from the instructor. After school may seem like a prime time for tutoring, but if this is the time the student could be or wants to be in extracurricular activities, you may be encouraging failure.  Students have been taken out of PE and art for Great Leaps, not realizing these times may be the only reason a child comes to school. All efforts must be made to select a time preferable for all. Putting together a plan for success involves thinking about a variety of issues.

The Truth About Reading Fluency

The Truth About Reading Fluency

Very early in the Great Leaps Reading history, we were called a fluency program. This would make sense IF you correctly define fluency. Here are three definitions that are right on point:

Reading Rockets writes, “Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression.

Three Ways Teachers can Fundraise Money

Three Ways Teachers can Fundraise Money

Lately we’ve heard from many teachers that want to use our reading program with their students but can’t get it funded by their principal and don’t have the means within their own budget. It’s a very frustrating situation to be in. In fact the creation of Great Leaps came from necessity when there wasn’t money available at the school to hire additional staff or purchase a program to meet the struggling readers’ needs. We really sympathize with this problem and because of this we want to provide some resources and ideas that you can use to raise money and meet the needs of your students. 

The Critical Components of Reading Comprehension

The Critical Components of Reading Comprehension

As we work to build and enhance comprehension skills with emergent readers and those with reading difficulties, we must define comprehension.  From my behavioral perspective, I see three essential elements: the rate of reading must approach the rate of human conversation with a low number of errors (errors should be in the range of one percent); the reading must be done with proper inflection; and the student must have adequate word/world knowledge.

Elementary School Summer Reading Tips

Elementary School Summer Reading Tips

Summer is a great opportunity to inspire a love of reading in your child. While things may be closed and opportunities for vacations or sports are limited, reading is a way to let their minds be free and explore! We decided to provide a list from the author of Great Leaps, Kenneth Campbell, that he implemented with his own children to help you inspire reading and curiosity for the world in your kids this summer. 

Long Distance Learning with Great Leaps Reading

Long Distance Learning with Great Leaps Reading

Long distance learning has become more important than ever now because of schools closing down from the COVID-19 pandemic. This has left teachers and administrations scrambling to figure out how to continue education from home with a classroom of kids with no known date that things will return to normal. Teaching is already difficult when students are a captive audience in class, now imagine trying to coordinate with 20 different homes with varying levels of access to computers or devices. 

Luckily, Great Leaps Digital has already been implemented at a distance from private tutors for several years and we were at least able to help our schools and students get back up and running with their reading remediation.

Origins of Great Leaps by Author/Founder Kenneth Campbell

Origins of Great Leaps by Author/Founder Kenneth Campbell

This article was written by author Kenneth Campbell before Great Leaps was officially incorporated but it was being implemented for the first time ...

Great Leaps Reading Growth Shown by DIBELS

Great Leaps Reading Growth Shown by DIBELS

It is essential that the results reported from a reading intervention like Great Leaps are corroborated by peer-reviewed studies or independent progress tests that demonstrate the growth within the program. Studies have been done on Great Leaps showing substantive improvements in reading rate, accuracy and growth toward the independent reading level.

Great Leaps Reading Tutoring Launch

Great Leaps Reading Tutoring Launch

For 25 years, we have refined our reading program and taught over 500,000 students. For the last 5 years, we have refined our digital reading program and now have the capability to train and empower online tutors to reach students directly! 

*keep reading for our 25% off discount code towards the end! 

What to Look for in A Reading Program

What to Look for in A Reading Program

As you’re well aware there are MANY reading programs out there, and they all claim to get fantastic results with their students. You might have ev...

Leaping Into The New School Year!

Leaping Into The New School Year!

Reading fluency and comprehension is arguably the most important skill our children learn during their time in school. It impacts nearly every subject matter directly and is crucial for independent learning that comes outside of school and in our adult lives. Sadly, across the country the school systems have been failing students in need of this vital skill.