The RIF model: how it works
Dr. Hollis Scarborough invented the concept of the Reading Rope in the early 1990s, which illustrates the two major strands that are woven together for a child to become a skilled reader: language comprehension and word recognition. These two major strands and their subcomponents have largely become referred to as the Science of Reading (SOR) due to the abundance of high-quality, empirical studies that support instructional programs and curriculums tied to these reading strands.
RIF’s model is based on the belief that in addition to these two major strands, there is a third major strand that must be fully integrated into the rope to successfully drive reading proficiency: JOY! RIF defines the joy of reading by demonstrated increases in students’ reading motivation, frequency, and engagement.
Research indicates joy to be an equally important thread that alone does not drive reading proficiency—but when combined with word recognition and language comprehension, supports measurable reading outcomes for children.
Research that validates the RIF model
Research studies validate the joy of reading model for driving the frequency, motivation, and engagement that children need to become skilled readers. Moreover, research shows that having a home library is a strong predictor of educational outcomes.
Our Theory of Change Models
The foundation for our programmatic work is shown through RIF’s Theory of Change models aligned to each of our programs. Learn how these models demonstrate that our work is making a profound difference for educators, families—and most important, the children we reach.
This month’s Rally to Read theme is culture. Explore the theme with exciting read-alouds from authors Jason Reynolds and Vanessa Brantley-Newton, take the pledge to read 100 books, and enter our 10,000 book giveaway sweepstakes.
According to recent NAEP Scores, only 32% of fourth-grade public school students are reading at a proficient level. Help RIF in our mission of closing the youth literacy gap in our country by giving today.
RIF is pleased to present webinars throughout the year that cover an array of topics, including a new educator-focused series, Every Educator Counts. View the archive of past webinars and see what's coming soon!
There are many things to be thankful for, including great books! Browse RIF’s Thanksgiving Collection for titles that explore how we give thanks, as well as find fun supplemental resources for young readers.
RIF and Driscoll’s Berries joined forces to spread reading joy, distributing over 1,200 books to 400 children at four book celebration events across California this past October.
Trane Technologies and RIF kicked off another year of partnership, allowing more children around the nation to have the opportunity to pick out books of their own and experience the joy of reading.