ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-08-030

Date Created : 09/17/2007


Co-op Directors
other: Assistant Superintendents
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All Principals
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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Diana Julian, Assistant Commissioner
Special Ed Programs: Researched-based Literacy Intervention Resource

Regulatory Authority:
20 USC 1400 et seq.

Contact Person:
Ms. Lisa Haley

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Special Education Unit, is pleased to announce the release of a new research-based literacy resource to use with struggling readers. The Responding to Individual Differences in Education (RIDE) Reading Intervention Bank is a multimedia Web-based program consisting of 100 research-based instructional or intervention tactics across the five critical areas of literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The RIDE Reading Intervention Bank gives teachers the option to not only peruse a variety of literacy tactics (including links to all necessary worksheets needed to successfully teach each skill), but also to view videos of selected tactics that demonstrate critical parts of the tactic or that provide supplemental information. In addition, there is a student tracking and graphing system that allows teachers to easily monitor student progress and responses to the interventions tried over time.

The RIDE Reading Intervention Bank, free to ALL Arkansas educators, is the product of over two years of collaborative efforts among the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit, State Improvement Grant personnel, and Sopris West Educational Services, a national publishing company in Colorado. The RIDE is free to only Arkansas educators. Therefore, the registration information is not to be shared outside the State of Arkansas. School districts and individual educators accessing the RIDE are responsible for abiding by the terms of use.

The RIDE Reading Intervention Bank is an excellent resource for Arkansas educators (both general and special education) to use with students from preprimer through high school levels, struggling in the area of literacy.

The first step to accessing the site will be to create a registration key. To begin the process, visit: Enter the Password: arkansasRIDE.

The online tool will generate the registration key and step-by-step directions that teachers will need to register as a RIDE user. Teachers are advised to record the registration key. Registration is only a first-time-use step.

The second step to accessing the site will be to create a user account by following the step-by-step directions below. These are the same directions teachers will receive with the registration key.


1. First, visit
2. Either login, or if a user is new to Sopris West the user must create an account. If creating a new Sopris web store account, a prompt to enter an e-mail address and a password will appear.
Then login with the e-mail address and the password created.
3. Click 'My Online Content' located on the top right of the screen.
4. Enter or copy the registration key received into the input box and click 'Add Product'.
5. The Ride Reading Intervention Bank can now be accessed by simply logging in at and going to 'My Online Content'. Each time the site is entered, there will be an 'Add Product' registration key field. However, it is only necessary to add a registration key when there is a need to access a Sopris product other than RIDE.


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