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 (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) 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 (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) K–12 research-based program provides a structured literacy approach to foundational skills through explicit instructional routines.

Colorado School Spotlight

Principal Paula Kavalec shares how Collaborative Classroom programs are transforming teaching and learning at Falcon Elementary School in Colorado Springs, CO. Read the interview.

Meet Your Partner in Colorado
Andreia Simon, MEd

Andreia Simon, Regional Director, is your Collaborative Classroom partner. During her 18-year career as an educator, Andreia has worked as a classroom teacher, district reading specialist, literacy leader, and instructional coach. She also served as Senior Literacy Consultant and READ Act Field Support Manager in the Preschool through Third Grade (P–3) Office at the CDE. 

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