Alabama Reading Initiative
The Alabama Reading Initiative is a K-12 comprehensive strategy to bring the best research on reading instruction and the best teaching practices to classrooms in Alabama. The primary method is intensive, research-based professional development for teachers. The Alabama Reading Initiative is targeted on three fronts:
1. Strengthening reading instruction in the early grades;
2. Continuously expanding all students’ reading power and comprehension levels; and
3. Intervening effectively with struggling readers.
ARI’s balanced approach to reading instruction requires a highly skilled teacher. It builds teachers’ capacities by giving them access to the latest research, many practical demonstration lessons, and ongoing support. Every elementary and middle school in the Decatur City Schools system is a part of the Alabama Reading Initiative.