Amira is Powered by the Science of Reading

The only digital solution designed around Science of Reading frameworks and directly delivering tutoring to Science of Reading principles.

Amira is...

Created by leading Reading Scientists

Implemented as part of district's Science of Reading plans

Approved by more than a dozen state education agencies

Designed with alignment to Scarborough's Reading Rope

Scoped to consider Science of Reading criteria and best practices

Rigorously eschews Balanced Literacy approaches

Designed Around the Scarborough’s Reading Rope

Amira is based on the Simple View of Reading framework and fully embodies the research consensus.

When Amira is coaching students, the mastery model that drives tutoring is Scarborough’s Reading Rope. When Amira is presenting data to teachers, insight is conveyed through the explicit prism of the Reading Rope.

Amira Conforms to All Science of Reading Criteria

The Institute of Multi-Sensory Education enumerates Science of Reading Criteria.  IMSE's checklist provides dozens of key findings that set research, brain-based reading programs apart from the rest.

What is The Science of Reading?
Scarborough’s Reading Rope

Amira is designed around the Reading Rope. Amira tutors from the perspective of the Reading Rope, selecting interventions based on building skills across the Rope.

Amira’s reporting is organized explicitly around the Rope, helping teachers to use Science of Reading concepts in their daily instructional decision-making.

Delivers a Mix of Language Comprehension and Word Recognition Instruction

Amira uses 26 micro-interventions spanning the language comprehension threads of the rope and 35 micro-interventions covering word recognition. Students reading below 20 words correct per minute are aided with decoding and phonemic awareness scaffolds about 80% of the time. Students reading above 100 words correct per minute are mostly aided with language comprehension.

Students practice reading by reading, not clicking

The software holds children accountable to actually reading by listening to their voice as they read aloud.

Only Amira listens to children as they read and offers support so they can productively persist.

Decodable Texts

Amira’s library of content includes hundreds of decodable passages. 

Dyslexia Screening covers all recommended tasks

Amira’s dyslexia screener has been reviewed and approved by most State DOEs. The screening process covers each and every approach recommended by the International Dyslexia Association for reliable identification of dyslexia risk.

Explicit Phonics instruction and Decoding Practice

Amira uses more than a dozen techniques to build phonics, and a typical session, students reading less than 30 words per minute receive 4 micro-interventions that aid phonics development. With early readers, Amira provides a steady diet of Phonic Decoding. The software employs coaching techniques like Elkonin Sound Boxes and Change One Sound to build Phonological Awareness and Decoding skills.

Support for Orthographic Mapping

Reading out loud encourages growth in Orthographic Mapping. The accountable practice supports students' blending and automaticity abilities. Interventions support their recognition and knowledge mapping of words.

Instructional Tools for Differentiation

Amira puts specific instructional resources into the teacher’s line of sight, enabling her to make assessment-driven decisions.

Use Multi-sensory Approaches

Leading reading scientists have designed the micro-interventions to use many senses, usually simultaneously.  The interventions incorporate sound, touch, and sight.

The Right Method for Successful Reading Practice

Science of Reading aims to correct unscientific approaches popularized as elements of “Balanced Literacy.”

Amira is designed to not only encourage students to build foundational skills, but to become habituated to using those skills. This is at the core of Amira’s magic – working with a Science of Reading tutor helps students consolidate and internalize structured instruction.

No Cueing

Amira's interventions encourage reading not guessing.

No F&P or Arbitrary Levels

Amira does not support leveling that is disconnected from concrete science and objective measurement.

No MSV Cues

Amira does not support or report on MSV cues.

No Non-decodable passages

Amira’s library includes hundreds of decodable passages.

No Guessing

Amira constantly encourages and models word attacks.

Created by Science of Reading Experts

Dr. Katherine Pace-Miles

Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College and a colleague of Linnae Ehri, designed many of Amira’s micro-interventions.

Dr. Elena Izquierdo

Professor at UTEP and noted author of Bilingual literacy programs, aided the development of Amira for Spanish.

Dr. Doris Baker

Professor at University of Texas and the author of Bilingual Education, helped create Amira for Spanish.

Dr. David Franics

Professor at University of Houston, renowned researcher and Director of TIME, is Amira’s consulting psychometrician.

Dr. Jack Fletcher

Professor at University of Houston and leading dyslexia expert, works with Amira on the dyslexia screener.

Dr. Molly Branson-Thayer

Director of The Teaching Lab and formerly at the University of Washington, shaped Amira’s features for enabling teacher listening.

Dr. Mabel Rice

Professor at Kansas University and a leading researcher on vocabulary acquisition, has worked with Amira on teacher reporting features.

Dr. Patricia Edwards

Professor at Michigan State and author of New Ways To Engage Parents, advises Amira on parental reporting.

Approved by Science of Reading States

Amira partners with Science of Reading oriented Departments of Education across the country, including:

Used by Science of Reading Districts

Amira is used by districts in all 50 states. Some of the nation’s leading districts are using Amira as a component of their Science of Reading initiative.

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