Straley Owen and Mary Inman, Instructional Facilitators (pictured below) for MSD are the district trainers for the R.I.S.E. and Reading Horizons programs.  The MSD dyslexia interventionists will service the 3 to 5% of the student population.  But what about the rest of the student population?  The R.I.S.E. and Reading Horizons programs will reach the rest of the student population in the MSD in need of support in literacy.  The investment made with these two programs the district hopes to see vast improvements in literacy over the next several years.  Mary and Straley have been trained to support and instruct our MSD teachers using these programs.  

R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas encourages a culture of reading by coordinating a statewide reading campaign with community partners, parents, and teachers to establish the importance of reading in homes, schools, and communities. This page features a variety of resources to assist parents with reading at home and to increase the depth of knowledge for teachers.  Goal 1: Sharpen the focus and strengthen instruction.  Goal 2: Create community collaboration.  Goal 3: Build a culture of reading. 

Reading Horizons goal is to provide a dynamic, successful way for people to reach beyond their limitations and discover new horizons by learning to read. Accordingly, Reading Horizons is dedicated specifically to helping people learn to read so they can be better prepared to accomplish real-life tasks that face them every day and so they can create opportunities to expand their horizons in the future.