The program was developed by Dr Sinatra at St Johns over several years. It was proven to give statistically significant benefitswith children at risk. For instance victims of homelessness and other needy children from Grade 3 to Grade 12.

It is believed to be the best approach available to date. It not only teaches literacy but also teaches critical thinking needed for mathematics and science.

It is called the 6R method and teaches as follows:

There are roughly 8 students per trainer to maximize focus.

The first element is the choice of some appropriate theme. This is embodied in a High Interest book to maximize the engagement of the students.

Then follow the 6 Stages:

1. The book is READ

2. Then follows a REASON stage in which the students explore and interact with the text and instructor.

3. After that comes a stage of RETELL/ RECONSTRUCT in which the various relationships are explored with mapping to further
highlight the relationships and interactions.

4. This leads to a stage of RUBRIC which essentially explores different ways of writing about the subject.

5. Then comes the stage where the students write (RITE) their own version of the narrative.

6. Finally there is a REVISE step in which the process is reiterated until a polished document is forthcoming.

Some of the work is done on a computer, assisted by Kidspirational software to further enhance the output.

The result is Enhanced Stamford Diagnostic Reading, Vocabulary Gains, Wide Range Achievement Spelling gains and NYC ELA Assessment gains.

This is a very powerful proven program enhancing not just literacy but also critical thinking skills appropriate to any sphere of interest.


The Literacy Program provided Federal funding, through NYSED and NYCDOE for after school coaching activities, generally 50 hours of instruction to qualified students up to grade 12 in Schools in Need of Improvement. It is no cost to the schools or students.

The 6R Literacy Program developed at St Johns University has previously been shown to be effective with at risk students. In particular, gains were statistically validated with the Stanford Diagnostic Reading test – Vocabulary subtest, Wide range Achievement Test in Spelling and New York State ELA assessments.

The Literacy Program evaluation depended on assessments of four skills. Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. For those students who complete the four periods, four different assessments of these skills are made. They are classified as (a) Proficient or (b) Approaching Proficiency or (c) Needing Improvement.

Analysis of the results in Literacy Program attained by Leadership Learning Lab for the 2011/2012 period are as follows:

Over 76% of the students completed at least three periods. This excellent result was the result of the effort to maximize attendance by the staff of LLL working with the parent coordinator(s).

The results were that the initial tests showed that over 50% Needed Improvement, 40% were Approaching Proficiency and less than 10% were Proficient.

By the end of the course, approximately 40% were Proficient, 55% were Approaching Proficiency and less than 5% were in Need of Improvement. This favorable outcome validates the program, the work of the teacher/instructors and the hard work of all concerned.

Note: Results will vary from school to school and with different populations. These results were obtained with minority populations and are believed to be sustainable in the future.