Colorado READ Act-Approved Programs

Approved Instructional Programs from Collaborative Classroom


The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) focuses on early literacy development for all K–3 students. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) provides districts with the READ Act Advisory List of Instructional Programming, which is rigorously vetted for alignment with the Science of Reading and evidence-based practices in literacy instruction. 

Center for the Collaborative Classroom is proud to have Being a Reader and SIPPS on the CDE’s READ Act Advisory List of Instructional Programming.

Being a Reader, Second Edition (2021) – Core Instruction

Approved by CDE in 2022, this updated version of Collaborative Literacy provides everything necessary to launch our youngest learners as fluent, confident, and thoughtful readers.

SIPPS, Fourth Edition (2020) – Intervention

Approved by CDE for the third time, the SIPPS K–12 research-based program provides a structured literacy approach to foundational skills through explicit instructional routines.

Meet Your Partner in Colorado
Paula Kavalec, MEd

Paula Kavalec is your Collaborative Classroom partner.

Paula began her career as a Title One Interventionist and earned her principal licensure and second Master’s degree in educational leadership through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. 

Prior to joining Collaborative Classroom in 2022, Paula served as assistant principal and principal at Falcon Elementary School, where she led the implementation of Collaborative Classroom programs: Collaborative Literacy, SIPPS, and Caring School Community (Read an Interview with Paula here). At Collaborative Classroom, she is continuing her commitment to ensuring that all students become critical readers, writers, and thinkers through supporting and empowering teachers with the tools for success.

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