Podcast: A reading intervention for struggling adolescent students


The SERP Institute’s Margaret Troyer and Kala Jones discuss a research-based reading program that helps older students turn the page.


By the middle grades, students are expected to transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” For adolescent students who read significantly below grade level, this shift can be life-changing.

In this episode of The SRI Homeroom, we discuss an effective, research-based intervention being used to connect with older students and accelerate the development of skills like fluency, decoding, reading stamina, and comprehension in the middle grades.

The SERP Institute’s Margaret Troyer and Kala Jones joined host Kori Hamilton Biagas to discuss STARI, the Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention, and how it is working to reduce gaps and improve outcomes for struggling students.

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Margaret Troyer is the Director of Literacy Research and Development and Kala Jones serves as Literacy Specialist for the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP Institute). Learn more about them and their work.


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