Catching Children Before They Fail: The Right to Read Program

The Program Vision

  • Every child at potential risk for reading problems is provided with support at the earliest possible stage in their educational career
  • Every child in kindergarten and grade one is screened for potential reading difficulties
  • All teachers have the capacity to provide effective intervention to children at risk for reading problems

Two young children reading.

Right to Read is a program developed by a volunteer committee of psychologists and reading specialists to help identify and support children with reading difficulties in their early school years, as well as children whose first language is not English.

The Reading Readiness Screening Tool was created by an expert panel of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta (LDAA) to provide kindergarten and grade 1 teachers for the English program and grade 1 and grade 2 teachers for French Immersion with an accessible, affordable measure to screen all of their students for reading readiness skills. Poor phonemic awareness is a significant risk factor for future reading disabilities.

The Reading Readiness Screening Tool workshop informs participants how to administer the screening tool to students. A subsequent workshop, Assessment Informs Instruction, provides participants with an opportunity to discuss their experience administering the screening tool, interpret results, and to learn relevant intervention strategies.

The screening tool as well as teacher and parent activities documents are free to those who attend the workshops.


The Right to Read program is available for French Immersion and French Language teachers, recommended for grades 1 & 2.


For teachers across Alberta and Canada who can’t attend workshops, the Right to Read program is now an interactive workshop available on-line.

The LDAA facilitates the two-part workshop series in English or French for primary school teachers:

  • in individual schools
  • from multiple schools in school jurisdictions
  • from multiple schools through regional consortia
  • from multiple schools through teacher’s conventions
  • from multiple schools through scheduled workshops

For more information about the screening tool or the workshop series visit