Our mission is to teach every child to read - and keep them loving reading. No exceptions.
We use Read Write Inc. to achieve this mission. Read Write Inc. is a Phonics and research-based, comprehensive, school-wide literacy program. It is personalized, making it possible to get all students reading and writing quickly. Ruth Miskin Literacy Inc. provides radical, passionate training and ongoing professional development to make this happen.
Why Read Write Inc. Phonics?
Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.
Put simply: we teach sounds with passion and pace; children practice reading the same sounds in words; and they read lively storybooks matched to the sounds they know.
Soon, they can read any book they choose!
We start by listening to your school and students’ needs – your unique context matters. Then, we train every teacher to reach every child on our two-day training and ongoing, responsive Development Days.
Implementation and investment
Colleen M. Somich
Head of Training America
“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” – Mary Mcleod Bethune
Colleen is committed to every child learning to read and loving it – despite background, language, or need.
Your school’s unique context matters. Colleen listens to your goals; delivers radical, responsive, engaging training and supports thoughtful implementation of Read Write Inc. She has successfully trained hundreds of elementary schools across Australia, England, Mexico, Scotland, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America to outstanding literacy outcomes for children.
With over a decade of teaching and leadership experience, Colleen began her career as a first grade teacher in Saint Louis, MO. Teach For America recognized her classroom’s significant academic progress as a Sue Lehmann Award finalist. After, she continued serving in Brooklyn, NY as a teacher and Dean of School Culture.
In the United Kingdom, Colleen led as Assistant Principal at an Ofsted-Rated Outstanding charter school before joining Ruth Miskin Training as a Consultant Trainer. Now, in Massachusetts, she is the Head of Training America at Ruth Miskin Literacy Inc.
Colleen was an Adjunct Professor at New York University Steinhardt from 2018-2021, teaching Facilitating School Literacy Reform to graduate students.
Wake Forest University, B.A. in Psychology
University of Missouri – Saint Louis, M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education