ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-09-073

Date Created : 11/06/2008


Co-op Directors
other: Assistant Superintendents
All Principals
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Curriculum Coordinators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Diana Julian, Deputy Commissioner
Special Ed Programs: RIDE Reading Intervention Bank

Regulatory Authority:
20 U.S.C.A., Section 1400 et seq.

Contact Person:
Ms. Lisa Haley

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Special Education Unit, would like to encourage schools to use a new research-based literacy resource that has been "field-tested" in schools across Arkansas for over a year. The Responding to Individual Differences in Education (RIDE) Reading Intervention Bank has received widespread positive feedback from Arkansas teachers for helping to meet the literacy needs of the struggling learners.

The 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 (general and special education) to use with students from preprimer through high school levels who are struggling in the area of literacy.

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

The online tool will generate a 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.

The second step to accessing the site will be to create a user account at the Cambium Learning Web Store by following the step-by-step directions that were received with the registration key. Registration is only a first-time-use step.

For further information or assistance, contact Lisa Haley at or via phone at 501-835-3330.


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