The Comprehensive Intervention Model

Nurturing Self-Regulated Readers Through Responsive Teaching

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The Comprehensive Intervention Model: Fostering Self-Regulated Readers Through Responsive Teaching by Linda Dorn, Carla Soffos, and Adria Klein introduces educators to an innovative intervention model that puts theory to practice then gives that practice a framework. When implemented with fidelity, the framework has the potential to close the gap between low-progress readers and their grade-level peers.

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The Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) organizes essential educational theory and effective instructional practices under a complete, layered intervention model. CIM includes an all-inclusive sweep across multiple literacy components that correlate perfectly with the original, but often misconstrued, intent behind the Response to Intervention (RTI) movement. This well-researched and practical resource begins by laying the theoretical foundation for its methodology before describing its multitiered system of instruction across a range of components. The book concludes with a collection of examples that show the model in action.

The CIM framework includes

  • high-quality, differentiated classroom instruction,
  • a portfolio of evidence-based interventions,
  • a seamless assessment system at an individual and system level, and
  • school-embedded professional learning for increasing teacher efficacy and building capacity in schools.

Beyond boxed programs and quick-fix options, the authors outline and advocate for an intervention approach that includes a commitment to systemic reflection, teacher development, precise assessments, and data-driven, responsive instruction—all centering on student needs.
The Comprehensive Intervention Model Resource Manual provides administrators, coaches, and teachers with the tools needed to implement the CIM with fidelity including planners, guide sheets, observation forms, data collection forms, phonics and word learning guides, and more. Use these two books together to support a Response to Intervention (RTI) method for closing the gap between low-progress readers and their grade-level peers.

About the Author(s)

Linda Dorn, who passed away in September, 2019, was a professor of reading education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she directed the UALR Center for Literacy. She taught graduate classes in literacy theory, research, classroom practice, and literacy leadership, and had twenty-seven years of experience in education, including teaching at the elementary, intermediate, and college levels.


Carla is a literacy specialist with the Arkansas Department of Education. She has twenty-one years of experience in education, including teaching in the primary grades and literacy coaching.


Adria Klein, Ph.D., is a Reading Recovery and CIM/CLM Trainer and program director at Saint Mary's College of California. She has her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Reading and ESL. Dr. Klein is the co-author of numerous professional books and articles, as well as children's books.



Product Details

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Media: Book-208pp/paper and Manual-176pp/paper
Published: 09/2021
ISBN: 978-1-62531-475-8
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers