Looking at Reading Interventions

Working with Struggling Readers — Every Child Can Succeed

Linda Farrell talks about her role as a reading intervention specialist, and what more than 20 years of experience working with kids, teachers, and schools has taught her about the potential of struggling learners — that with the right instruction (and patience) every child can become a better reader.

These interview clips are part of our Looking at Reading Interventions video series, showcasing Ms. Farrell's work with K–3 students.

How we can help struggling readers

What's it like to be a reading intervention specialist?

Reading teachers as diagnosticians

Patience when teaching reading

Positive error correction

Teachers take knowledge of reading and make it work in their class

Checking in with students about what they know

Every student can become a better reader

How do you teach children with dyslexia?

The rewards of working with struggling readers

Challenges in bringing reading interventions to schools

The Simple View of Reading

The Simple View of Reading is a formula demonstrating the widely accepted view that reading comprehension involves two basic skills: word recognition (decoding) and language comprehension. Read more in this article, The Simple View of Reading, by Linda Farrell and her colleagues.

About Linda Farrell

Reading tutor Linda Farrell

Linda Farrell is a founding partner at Readsters, an Alexandria, VA-based firm that helps schools implement research-based reading instruction. She is committed to effective early reading instruction to help struggling readers become strong readers, and to ensure that strong readers achieve their full potential.

Linda works in schools throughout the U.S. training and coaching teachers and modeling effective reading instruction. She also has designed curricula in Niger and Senegal for children to learn to read in their local languages.

Linda is a former English teacher and she was a National LETRS trainer for seven years. She has co-authored assessments and curricula for teaching reading, as well as several other published works. Linda can be reached at: [email protected]


These are marvelous instructional videos! Linda is wonderfully lucid & articulate in conveying both must-know teaching strategies & her must-have teacher's heart. I'm chomping at the bit for Monday to arrive so I can go and do likewise! Many thanks, and blessings on you for sharing these gems.

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