Everyone…yes, everyone…can learn how to read.

Reading Now Available for Everyone!

By Carole Richards


Meredith and Paige believe there are students in our schools that are unable to ever learn to read! This troubling statement says there are most likely some teachers and administrators with the same belief.

Bruce Meredith (former general counsel to the Wisconsin Education Association Council) and Mark Paige (assistant professor of public policy at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, specializing in law and education) recently wrote in an op/ed article about the U.S. Department of Education, “Education Dept. has done what little good it could do.” (Los Angeles Times, January 9, 2017.) They state, “Rather than admit the impossibility of proficiency for all students, the Education Department took a hard line.”1

Reading Success for Over Thirty Years

For three decades, we have been successfully teaching children and adults of all ages and abilities how to read. Take Katie*, a sixteen-year-old with a forty IQ. Yes, you read that correctly, her IQ is forty. Katie now reads fourth grade chapter books. And Peter*, a high school graduate with a 55 IQ, reads at a fifth to sixth grade level.

While Katie and Peter may never read War and Peace, their reading skills will allow them to:

• Fill out a job application
• Read a menu
• Read prescription instructions.
• Write a check. (You can’t write a check if you don’t know how to spell numbers and the name of the recipient.)



Why Are We Successful?

Because our tutors are trained in Richards Learning Systems® (RLS) multi-sensory phonics instruction, based on very sound research. RLS teaches children and adults to read at any IQ level; to read using phonics, correlating sounds with letters or groups of letters, and then blend them with visuals and touch. It uses 44 sounds, five patterns of vowels and consonants, and seven syllable rules.

RLS is based on a system developed in the 1930’s by neurologist Dr. Samuel Orton and two teachers, Anna Gillingham and Bessie Stillman2. The 1930’s system, called Orton-Gillingham, uses an organized structure of sounds, syllables and word patterns to enable students to identify unfamiliar words.

Students start with little words and then move to bigger words by breaking them into smaller pieces. These exercises develop reading, writing, decoding and spelling skills simultaneously. It is successful one-on-one, in small groups, and in classes.


Richards Learning Systems® is for Everyone!

RLS is effective with different learning styles and learning differences. By encouraging and supporting individual success, the program builds self-esteem and self-confidence.  RLS also includes the National Reading Panel’s recommendations for literacy instruction, including phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Richards Learning Systems® does more than just teach the word, it allows the child to hear the word, see the word, speak the word, play with the word, and now I’ve mastered the word. – Mary Jo O’Neill, Parent Advocate


A Commitment to Reading and Education

It is my commitment to ensure that every student we work with can function successfully in our world. To learn more about Richards Learning Systems® and our partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, please visit www.cei4learning.org.


*These names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals.


2Gillingham, Anna and Stillman, Bessie W., Remedial Training for Children with Specific Disability in Reading, Spelling, and Penmanship, 1940.

Carole Richards is president of North Coast Education Services, president/director of the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp at Lakeland Community College, and author of Richards Learning Systems®.  She is a frequent guest on radio and TV.  She can be reached at caroler@northcoasted.com.

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