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Capstone's Tiered Fluency Instruction Supports All Learners in Grades 2-5


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – July 21, 2016 – Capstone, publisher of professional development resources and services for preK−12 educators, announces the publication ofits newest educational resource for teachers, Tiered Fluency Instruction: Supporting Diverse Learners in Grades 2-5. This foundational book explains how to provide meaningful fluency instruction to children at all reading levels Dr. Timothy Rasinski’s research has helped make fluency a major goal in reading curricula. In this new resource, Dr. Young and Dr. Rasinski provide practical support for all students, including disfluent readers. Teachers will find tips, classroom examples, and connections to technology.

“The hope of this book is to provide a compendium, or tool kit, of fluency strategies that teachers can employ to improve readers’ fluency, and in turn, improve reading comprehension,” said the authors. “The strategies presented are organized, or tiered, around individual and group needs so instruction can be differentiated, and students at all levels can move to higher levels of overall proficiency and satisfaction in reading. Fortunately, reading fluency activities can be engaging for students and fun to implement in the classroom.”

Early endorsements have already confirmed that this professional resource will prove valuable among teachers. A noted expert on the subject of fluency, Dr. D. Ray Reutzel (Dean of the College of Education at the University of Wyoming), said “Its practical approach providing multiple illustrative classroom cases makes the use of the fluency instruction and assessments provided within this new book very accessible. Get this resource; it will be well worth the investment.” Author Wiley Blevins said, “Young and Rasinski offer a practical, easy-to-use, resource chock-full of engaging and effective activities to build students' fluency. What is brilliant about this book is its organization. Activities are divided into those suitable for whole group (all students), small group (students needing additional support), and one-on-one (students needing intensive support), helping teachers select those just-right activities to meet the specific needs of each student.”

Previews of the book, including the table of contents, introduction, and a sample chapter on “Tier 2 Small Group Reading Fluency Instruction,” are available at:

Young and Rasinski are leading an expert panel discussion on August 24, “Teaching Reading as an Art and a Science–Using Student Performance of Poetry, Songs, Scripts, and other Texts for Reading Instruction.” Register here.

Tiered Fluency Instruction: Supporting Diverse Learners in Grades 2-5

By Dr. Chase Young and Dr. Timothy Rasinski

ISBN: 978-1-4966-0803-1             

$24.95 paperback                           

128 pages


About the Authors

Dr. Chase Young is an associate professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Young received his PhD in Reading Education from the University of North Texas, where he was named the 2011 Outstanding Doctoral Student in Reading Education. Previously, he was the Silverman Endowed Chair in Literacy at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. Prior to entering higher education, he taught in the primary grades and served as an elementary reading specialist. Dr. Young’s primary research interests include reading fluency, supporting struggling readers, and integrating technology in elementary literacy instruction. He served as the editor of the Journal of Teacher Action Research and the co-editor of the Texas Journal of Literacy Education. In 2014 the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers selected him to receive the Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award. His research has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Educational Research, Reading Teacher, and Literacy Research and Instruction

Dr. Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award winning reading clinic. He has written more than 200 articles and has authored, coauthored, or edited more than 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. He is the author of the best-selling books on reading fluency The Fluent Reader and The Fluent Reader in Action. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle. His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading Panel and has been published in journals, such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research. Dr. Rasinski has served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and was coeditor of The Reading Teacher. He has also served as coeditor of the Journal of Literacy Research. Dr. Rasinski is past-president of the College Reading Association, and he has won the A. B. Herr and Laureate Awards from the College Reading Association for his scholarly contributions to literacy education. In 2010, Dr. Rasinski was elected to the International Reading Hall of Fame. Prior to coming to Kent State, he taught literacy education at the University of Georgia. He also taught for several years as an elementary and middle school classroom and Title I teacher in Nebraska.


About Capstone

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