The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin was recently awarded $3.5 million by the Institute of Education Sciences to investigate practices to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing instruction in fourth-grade classrooms by using informational texts. With this funding, we are able to provide professional development and ongoing technical assistance to school districts at no cost.
Strategies for Reading Information and Vocabulary Effectively (STRIVE) is a set of Tier I instructional practices designed to meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements for vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing while using social studies expository text. The 18-week lesson sequence is research-based and has been tested for efficacy in multiple experimental studies with more than 50 teachers and 900 students. Teachers will be supported in the implementation of the curriculum through ongoing professional development and coaching.
Fourth-grade social studies teachers and their students