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3/13/2013 9:57:00 AM
Getting Manson kids to Read Right
Michelle Lovato
Staff Writer

Manson School District was one of six sites in the nation to be honored for its dedicated service to students through Read Right, an individualized reading intervention program designed for readers from elementary school to adult-aged readers.

The district, which won the Award of Excellence, is the only Pacific Northwest School to be recognized, according to Ronda Stone of Read Right Systems.

"Because the highly structured tutoring methods focus on individual student performance, they are effective for struggling readers with a variety of reading problems," said Michelle Medved, the Read Right Coordinator at Manson Secondary School. "Kim Williams and myself have been tutoring students at Manson for the past 14 years, using the Read Right methodology."

Williams works at the elementary school.

"During this time we have had the opportunity to see lives changed by this program, the students' lives as well as our own," Medved said. "We have watched students who have struggled for years with reading begin to enjoy it and then come back years later to say thank you. After being in Read Right, struggling students change into successful ones who are much more co-operative in class and now eager to learn."

Medved said one boy named Jesse came to the middle school from elementary in need of help.

"Because of his low reading level, his behavior in class was very disruptive," Medved said.  "At first he was not at all happy to be in Read Right. It wasn't long, though, before he began to see his reading improve. Not only did his reading get better but his attitude in class began to improve."

Later Jesse told Medved he acted out when being asked to read because he was so embarrassed about his skills.

"All that changed because of Read Right," Medved said.
Another inspiring story is of a seventh-grade student who arrived at Manson Secondary School with a second-grade reading level. 

"She was very reluctant to begin the program; she had been in multiple programs with no success," Medved said. "For several weeks she resisted the methodology of Read Right, but she kept at it." 

Medved said Read Right changed her life.

"One day something 'clicked'. She got it," Medved said. "From that day on she began to embrace the program with enthusiasm and her reading improved dramatically."

That student went on to become a successful bank manger.
"It's been several years since this student left Manson," Medved said.  "She still visits Manson High School to encourage other Read Right students who are struggling. 

She (said) she now has the ability to teach her own children how to be successful in Reading."

Read Right changed the lives of scores of student readers, and its administrators.

"We have personally seen first hand, kids who struggled as students and have discipline problems in the classroom because of their lack of reading skills," she said. "Before being involved with Read Right, it was easy to 'blame' those students' problems on not trying hard enough to read, be good in class, etc.  After witnessing the transformation that Read Right brings about in student's reading ability and how that new ability to read well affects their whole attitude at school, we feel very lucky to be a part of this great program."
The Read Right program is based on how the brain learns and process.

"Reading problems are caused when the brain builds a faulty neural network that guides the process of reading," She said. "Read Right sets up an environment in which the brain is compelled to remodel that network. Rapid and permanent improvement in reading are the results.  Read Right works with all reading abilities and with even the most challenged populations."

Medved and Williams were honored Feb. 14 at the Manson High School Academic Awards assembly.

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