Robust Outcomes for Adolescent Poor Readers

The Third Quest Virtual Training

Robust Outcomes for Adolescent Poor Readers

We can remediate reading problems before students leave our schools.

Currently, 32 million adult Americans are functionally illiterate.

130 million read below a 6th-grade reading level.

Special Education Student, High School, New Mexico—
A Big Deal

In the last few months I went from 100 words per minute to 130 words per minute. I know it doesn't seem like much, but imagine a kid who can't spell very well and who can't read very well being able to spell better and read faster. It's the best feeling ever.

Kim Marquette, Special Education Coach, Michigan—
Routines, Gains, Virtual Fun

We are really enjoying getting back into the routine. Students are making gains in fluency and accuracy. I apologized for the first (virtual) lesson taking a long time—tech problems and the executive functioning issues, but one student piped up with, “This has been so much fun!”

Dear Colleagues:

We are with you—working to bridge the gap for our adolescent struggling readers. Because our most fragile readers often read too poorly to benefit from online learning, this may be the perfect time to teach them the skills they need to become independent readers.


Our initial goal is remediation so students can graduate with the literacy skills needed to obtain and sustain jobs. The Third Quest is doing this!


Surf website, view videos and the Program Overview, and/or request a web meeting. We enjoy overviewing the program and answering questions to help staff determine whether The Third Quest can help move your students forward. I'd love to hear from you.

What Is The Third Quest?

The Third Quest is a comprehensive versus targeted reading intervention. Students receive daily instruction in Vocabulary, Word Study (phonics), Content Knowledge, Comprehension, and Fluency. Proven to work at both Tiers 2 and 3, The Third Quest is highly motivating for students who have plateaued and given up hope of becoming competent readers.

One Training, Two Wednesday Sessions: October 28 & November 4, 2020

If you are ready to implement, join me for a comprehensive training. Learn to motivate students, teach the Third Quest with fidelity and effectiveness—whether virtually or in the classroom. Learn More • Register

Literacy provides our students with a lifetime of opportunities.

Best regards,

Marilyn Sprick
Lead Author, The Third Quest and Read Well K–2


Registration is limited and will close October 21. For best rates, register by October 10. Optional discount on Teacher Materials with registration.

Moving the Dial for At-Risk Students

This intervention moved the dial for our at-risk students. Cliffhangers make them want to keep coming back for more! We knew we found something special when students signed up voluntarily for a second term.

—Jodi Dodd, MTSS Coordinator, Greater Albany Public Schools

The Parallel Universe Sample Lessons

Two sample lessons are provided below. First download the related pages from the Coach’s Manual so you can follow along then play the lessons.
(Watch the whole lesson or fast forward to see how lessons progress.)

Level 0, Lesson 2 from the beginning of the program
Click to download corresponding pages.
Level 4, Lesson 6 near the end of program
Click to download corresponding pages.