Frequently Asked Questions
What is Read Right from the Start?
Read Right from the Start on the Cox Campus is a professional development platform of research based online courses designed to improve the language and literacy instruction of teachers. Our courses provide practices that when implemented in the classroom have been proven to dramatically increase children’s vocabularies, critical thinking skills, and prepare them to learn to read. Developed by the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School and through generous donors, Read Right from the Start is free of charge to anyone who wishes to take the courses.
How does Read Right from the Start work?
Read Right from the Start online courses provide educators the tools and practices needed to promote and develop language in young children. Using RRFTS practices to transform children’s learning environments has been proven to increase their language skills and prepare them for reading to learn in third grade. The results are impressive.
How is Read Right from the Start different from other programs?
Read Right from the Start is based on world-class research and has a record of proven results. Through partnerships with the Cox Foundation and other generous funders, the Cox Campus is 100% free to use.
How much does it cost to take a Read Right from the Start course?
All of the Read Right from the Start courses and resources are free! As a result of the generosity of the Cox Foundation and other philanthropies, as well as partnerships with over 100 organizations, we are able to ensure that Read Right from the Start courses are and will remain 100% free, providing universal, online access to research-based language and literacy courses and resources.
How do I become a member of Read Right from the Start?
Read Right from the Start courses are designed for teachers of children from birth to third grade, but anyone is invited to join the Read Right from the Start community and take advantage of the trainings and resources. Everything on the Cox Campus is 100% free to anyone that wants to be part of the community. Visit our site and click the Sign Up button to get started.
Can I share resources found on Read Right from the Start?
All our resources are free for the personal use of our members. If you wish to share resources as part of a professional development presentation, on a website, or any other format please review our Resource Sharing Guidelines here.
Are Read Right from the Start courses only available online?
Yes, all courses and materials are available online using desktop or laptop computers, smartphones, or tablets.
What will educators learn from taking Read Right from the Start courses online?
Read Right from the Start courses provide practices to build vocabulary and comprehension, to effectively push in and pull out language, to create learning centers within classrooms, to introduce and use phonological awareness, to select stories and books that encourage language, and so much more. In each course, teachers will discover engaging and productive techniques they can apply in their classrooms the very next day.
How can I get Read Right from the Start used in my school?
If you’re an educator, you can start taking Read Right from the Start courses online today. If you’re a parent, talk to your child’s teacher, speak to the school administrator, write a letter to your school board. Do everything you can to bring these powerful teaching tools to children. And, if you’re an Administrator, now is the time to launch Read Right from the Start in your school.
What type of classroom is a good fit for Read Right from the Start?
Read Right from the Start is perfect for any early childhood setting. Our strategies work with children from all socioeconomic backgrounds, geographies and ethnicities, including children for whom English is not their first language or the primary language spoken at home.
Is Read Right from the Start designed only for preschool and pre-k teachers?
Read Right from the Start recognizes the impact of language on children from the moment they are born. RRFTS provides courses for infant and toddler teachers as well as preschool and pre k. We have one course available for K – 3 teachers and are currently developing more courses launching summer of 2018.
Do teachers earn continuing education credits?
Yes, by completing Read Right from the Start courses, Georgia birth through pre-k teachers can earn Bright from the Start credits for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). All members will receive a training certificate immediately after completing a course. If you are not a Bright from the Start childcare center, check with your administrator to see if RRFTS training can be used for your professional development.
How much time does it take to complete a Read Right from the Start course?
Courses range from 2 to 4 hours to complete and are broken into 10-30 minute lessons. Lessons give teachers practical information and strategies to use in the classroom right away. They are self-paced, so educators can pause at any point and return later. More resources including story guides, lesson plans, and classroom demonstration videos are also available in the Resource Library.