Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Comprehensive Intervention Model

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The Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) is a well-coordinated, Response to Intervention seamless design for providing intervention services to struggling readers. The CIM is a systemic model for reversing the reading failures of struggling readers through layered interventions, including differentiated classroom instruction and supplemental interventions in small groups or one-to-one. The goal is two-fold. In grades K-3 the goal is to increase the overall literacy achievement by the end of the third grade and to reduce the number of children identified with learning disabilities within 1.5% or less of the general population. In grades 4-6, interventions focus on research-based strategies for reading and writing in the content areas.

The system goal of the CIM is to change the achievement profile of a school by providing:

  • research-based interventions that increase the literacy levels of low-performing children, and
  • training and professional development for teachers that increase their knowledge and expertise in teaching the lowest performing children.


In addition to completing the Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) Institute the previous summer, participants are required to have completed ECE 7963 Practicum in Interventions or be a trained Reading Recovery teacher, Reading Recovery teacher leader or Literacy Collaborative coordinator. Candidates must be employed as an interventionist in a school setting.

Program of Study

This year-long program of study focuses on preparing K-6 educators to differentiate reading and writing instruction within a range of settings for students experiencing difficulty in literacy learning. The training consists of intensive study of the Comprehensive Intervention Model Framework and focuses on gaining indepth knowledge and skills in designing and implementing a portfolio of small-group interventions for K-6 students. Intervention candidates complete 6 hours of academic credit. Intervention candidates continue to work full-time in their school districts in addition to completing coursework.