MindPlay Briefing

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MindPlay teaches people to read. MindPlay has a 30-year track record of teaching people to read. It is so successful, it guarantees success with 95% of all those using the program with fidelity. Struggling readers typically show a years’ worth of reading growth in 20-40 hours of use. Proficient readers show significant gains in reading speed and comprehension.

An overview of the program 

MindPlay is not a course or a supplemental product.  It teaches reading.  The program accomplishes this by assessing each student, automatically prescribing instruction to build missing skills, providing up to 21 different instructional strategies for each skill, and continuously working with the student until they achieve 100% mastery. 

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Because the program is completely automated, teachers are freed to build student relationships, troubleshoot unique student challenges, inform parents, and provide students with exciting new activities based on their growing ability to read.  The program provides basic instruction and teachers bring the learning to life for the students!

The program is self-standing in adult settings such as colleges, businesses wanting to improve productivity, or GED classes.  Individuals can even go to the website and purchase the package directly for themselves.  There is no need for a specialized educator to guide the learning process.


The research behind the program

The following educational practices are used by the program and are identified by John Hattie’s seminal impact research, Visible Learning.  The number following the practice is the ranking Hattie gave it with 1 being the most effective.  Hattie ranked 170 different practices. 

Self-report grades – 1

Formative assessment – 3

Micro teaching – 4

Acceleration – 5

Feedback – 10

Teacher-student relationships – 11

Vocabulary programs – 15

Repeated reading programs – 16

Not labeling students – 21

Phonics instruction – 22

Teaching strategy variation – 23

Direct instruction – 26

Mastery learning – 29

Worked examples - 30

The program is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and Woodcock Johnson assessment strategies.

Robert Sommers