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 compassion. Explore the theme with exciting read-alouds from authors Peter H. Reynolds and Brad Meltzer, take the pledge to read 100 books, and enter RIF’s 10,000 book giveaway sweepstakes.
RIF is honored to have been recognized as the winner of two awards presented by the American Consortium for Equity in Education: Nonprofit of the Year and Best Parent Engagement Solution for our Middle School Family Literacy Initiative.
RIF’s annual Matching Grant program is back, enabling us to help double the impact you make on children’s literacy by matching your budget dollar for dollar. RIF will be accepting grant applications for our 2024 Matching Grant program through February 29th, 2024.
Celebrate the history and legacy of Black Americans with a special collection of books that honors the accomplishments and stories of Black artists, changemakers, entrepreneurs, and more, accompanied by related reading resources.
Reading allows children to dream big and discover endless opportunities and passions. Join RIF in our mission to disrupt the youth literacy crisis in the U.S. by empowering children with books and resources to inspire reading joy.
RIF was delighted to join our local partner Club RIF in AZ for a book celebration event supporting children from the Gila River Indian Community. Club RIF has helped RIF spread reading joy among students for over 30 years though their powerful model.