Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: R305S04194
Agency Tracking Number: R305S04194
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 84.305S04
Small Business Information
Seward Inc. Building, 2200 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55404
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Sales Gregory
 (612) 721-4444
Business Contact
 Gregory Sales
Title: Dr
Phone: (612) 721-4444
Email: gsales@sewardinc.com
Research Institution
The proposed project will develop and test a comprehensive, multi-media system for teaching reading comprehension strategies to elementary students, with an emphasis on making the instruction particularly appropriate for urban classrooms in which many students may be struggling readers. The system will have three major components: (1) A CD-ROM to train teachers to teach reading comprehension strategies. (2) A packet of printed material to provide teachers with everything needed to teach each strategy using a cutting-edge combination of “direct explanation of strategies” and “transactional strategies instruction,” two research-based approaches. Particular emphasis will be put on motivating students and giving them the selfconfidence and resolve that will make them life-long strategic readers. (3) A website to explain the nature of reading comprehension strategies, give an overview of how they are taught, and give teachers who are working with the strategies a means to share their experiences. In Phase I, these three components will be developed for teaching fourth-grade students a single strategy (summarizing) and evaluated in one urban school. In Phase II, the system will be expanded for teaching third-fifth grade students eight strategies and evaluated in several different schools.

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