ECRI – Enhanced CORE Reading Instruction


One of the Most Proven Intervention Tools

Aligned with College and Career Readiness Standards, ECRI is a multi-tiered program featuring a series of teaching routines designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of reading instruction in kindergarten, first and second grade. The program centers on explicit and systematic instruction and relies on teacher models, multiple and various practice opportunities, and careful review sequences.

Granted a rating of “convincing evidence” in the areas of participants, study design, fidelity of implementation, targeted outcome measures and broad outcome measures by the National Center on Intensive Intervention.

Rigorous evaluations on ECRI have demonstrated statistically significant and substantive impacts on the reading achievement of at-risk readers in first grade.

Enhanced Core Reading Instruction has a positive effect on Tier 1 teachers’ quality of explicit instruction and the accuracy of group practice opportunities (Nelson-Walker et al., 2013).
First-grade students receiving Tier 2 Enhanced Core Reading instruction had statistically-significant, accelerated growth on measures of word reading, reading comprehension and a comprehensive measure of reading achievement, compared to students who received Tier 2 un-enhanced core reading instruction (Baker et al., 2014).

ECRI Model


Professional Development and Coaching

Professional Development for interventionists, teachers, and leadership implementing ECRI in their classrooms has been identified as a key component to success.


Foundational Skills ECRI Training

Our two-day workshop is designed for administrators, classroom teachers, and intervention teachers of grades K-2. Supported by a series of workbooks developed specifically for each of these roles, these sessions will describe and model systematic strategies and instructional routines designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of reading instruction in a multi-tiered system of Tier 1 and Tier 2 support for kindergarten, first and second grade.

Topics will include incorporating explicit instructional elements, aligning intervention for at-risk readers with core instruction, using assessment data to inform and refine instruction, and implementing instructional routines that focus on the essential components of beginning reading instruction.

Job-Embedded Coaching

Job-embedded coaching is integral to the successful implementation of the highly-explicit ECRI program. With a team of certified ECRI specialists distributed across the country, the Institute for Scaling-Evidence Based Education is able to fulfill its mission of expanding the impact of CTL’s best in class programming.

Our capacity-building coaching model supports teachers and leaders as they implement or advance ECRI in the classroom. Partnerships are characterized by trust, transformational change, and a strengths-based approach. Collaborative conversations serve as the foundation of our model as we work with you to execute a thoughtfully designed coaching plan geared to the specific needs of your staff. Our ECRI Specialists ensure skills learned in the foundational training are successfully transferred to the classroom.

Job-Embedded Coaching
Gather data to identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth
Set goals for continued growth and identify necessary supports
Model targeted skills and techniques in whole and small group settings
Observe and co-teach routines and refine as needed

ECRI Instructional Materials

Teaching materials apply the teaching routines featured in the professional development and coaching to specific content of certain core reading programs.

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Lessons align directly with the scope and sequence of the core reading programs and enhance their effectiveness through the use of the routines featured in the Enhanced Core Reading Instruction professional development books and strategically selected practice opportunities.

  • JourneysTM  2011, Journeys Common CoreTM  2014, JourneysTM  2017
  • Reading StreetTM  2011, Reading Street Common CoreTM  2013
  • ReadyGENTM  2014
  • WondersTM  2014, WondersTM  2017

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