ISA-X Small Group Pilot Research

The small group pilot research is a follow-up to research in which the Interactive Strategies Approach-Extended or ISA-X was provided as a one-to-one intervention for older struggling readers.  The goal of this research is to demonstrate the feasibility of the ISA-X in a small group setting.  Small group data collection at grade 7 began during the 2008-2009 school year and is continuing into the 2010-2011 school year.  Similarly, at grade 4, small group data collection occurred in 2009-2010, and is on-going in three schools during the 2010-2011 school year.   During the 2010-2011 data collection is also occurring in grade 8 classrooms. 

In the pilot work, local schools are provided with texts and professional development to support the implementation of the ISA-X.  Key features of the intervention include developing student independence through the use of the word identification strategies.  Teachers and students spend the majority of instructional time reading and discussing books which are organized into thematic units that align with their social studies curriculum.  Reading these books, which included biographies, historical fiction, and folktales as well as informational text, allows students to develop both reading proficiency and social studies knowledge.  Students are offered choices in what they read, choosing among topics and/or texts, since choice fosters motivation and autonomy.  Students begin learning about a topic by reading easier texts.  Once students have acquired familiarity with the topic, vocabulary and/or genre from these easier texts, the teacher gradually introduces more and more challenging texts on the topic.  This progression allows students to read challenging texts that they would not have been able to read without the development of background knowledge. 

This research is funded by seed monies from the University at Albany Faculty Research Award Program. 




The World Within Reach

Donna Scanlon (CRSC) and Jim Butterworth (CASDA) prepare for a webinar on Response to Intervention. Representatives from more than three dozen schools participated in the live webinar event which was sponsored in collaboration with CASDA and the Greater Capital Area Teacher Center.