Tennessee’s recent introduction of the Reading 360 statewide initiative showcases the state’s strong commitment to student literacy and success. Tennessee’s Reading 360 Initiative focuses on phonics and includes screening for reading difficulties and dyslexia multiple times a year. This will ensure that struggling readers receive the early intervention critical to academic success. But how do TN schools and districts support students who are struggling to read or get a dyslexia diagnosis? PRIDE Reading Program’s research-based curriculum supports Tennessee’s Reading 360 statewide initiative for students with reading difficulties.

What Is PRIDE Reading Program?

PRIDE Reading Program is a structured literacy program designed for students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. The unique curriculum PRIDE has developed uses the highly-regarded Orton-Gillingham method of structured, sequential, cumulative, explicit, multisensory, and systematic phonics instruction. The online teaching script PRIDE provides allows for high-quality, effective reading instruction without countless hours of training, research, and lesson planning. 


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How Does the ‘Reading 360’ Initiative in Tennessee Work?


This new $100 million statewide initiative is to ensure that all Tennessee schools, teachers and families are provided with the tools and resources necessary to help students read on grade level by the third grade.

Reading 360 will provide grants and resources in phonics-based reading skills. Families will have access to tutoring and online support to help develop foundational literacy skills. Tennessee educators will receive district trainings and professional development as well as phonics kits and materials to use in classrooms.

As part of the Reading 360, high-quality English Language Arts (ELA) and instructional materials for Pre-K-12 students will be implemented over the next five years.

 Why Use PRIDE Reading Program?

The Tennessee’s Reading 360 Initiative’s Connected Literacy Micro Grants illustrate the state’s commitment to addressing literacy gaps early on with tutoring. PRIDE Reading Program has provided in-home tutoring for over 15 years with resounding success and understands how to provide effective one-on-one support. For students with diagnoses including dyslexia, childhood apraxia of speech, and auditory processing disorder, PRIDE Reading Program makes the skills covered in the TN Foundational Skills curriculum accessible.


Teachers, reading specialists, instructional aides, and tutors in school districts across the country use the PRIDE Reading Program with their students successfully.

PRIDE’s method not only simplifies reading instruction using research-based best practices for struggling readers, but it does so with a flexible curriculum which schools and districts can adapt to their own needs.

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PRIDE’s curriculum is available in identical physical and fully digital formats, so no matter what instruction looks like in the 2021-2022 school year, Tennessee students can keep improving their literacy skills. Both these curriculum options are designed so schools and districts spend as little as possible on training and materials, leaving them with the funds to purchase PRIDE for more students.

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Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing, and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers, and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com