Sue Lattimore, a longtime coach for BCP reflected, “My most moving experience in 42 years in education was while I was in special Ed and BCP was supporting our use of Direct Instruction Corrective Reading. I had a student, a lovely and bright boy named Antonio W., who had just entered school with the double negative of not being able to read yet at all in 4th grade and who was accompanied by a special educator from his old school who pronounced, within Antonio’s hearing, “that boy will NEVER read.” Talk about negative expectations!
With the help of Helen Berkeley, who was coaching me in the use of Corrective Decoding and Corrective Comprehension, I worked intensively with Antonio in a group of older non-readers, and felt his frustration as the others students progressed more quickly while he struggled so hard. (I believe he was quite dyslexic.). He never stopped trying though, and one day in April of that year, when he was staying after school (voluntarily) to try to finish a reading lesson, I saw that he was successfully blending words that he always missed in class — in other words, he was actually reading for the first time, and at that same moment he looked up at me with tears in his eyes and said,
“Ms. Lattimore — I am reading! I CAN read!”
I can tell you, there were tears in my eyes too and there are now as I tell about it.
From that moment, early on in my experience teaching DI, I knew with certainty that DI worked with students with all types of reading challenges.
About 10 years later, I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Antonio again one day while I was sitting outside on a bench and he drove by, and stopped to visit with me. He wanted to let me know that he had his own successful carpentry business (which I could see on his truck). I know that it was the step-by-step instruction of DI Corrective Reading that enabled Antonio to beat the odds – poverty, dyslexia – and become successful and productive.”