Collaborative Literacy


SIPPS: Accelerative Decoding Intervention

SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) is a research-based decoding intervention program proven to help new and struggling readers in grades K–12 build skills and confidence for fluent, independent reading.

The SIPPS program provides a structured literacy approach to foundational skills instruction through explicit instructional routines focused on phonological awareness, spelling-sounds, and sight words.

The systematic scope and sequence supports students who struggle with decoding, including students identified with dyslexia, in an accelerative approach. Each SIPPS level corresponds to a specific stage of reading development: simple alphabetic, spelling pattern, and polysyllabic/morphemic. Daily SIPPS lessons and reading practice in appropriate texts help readers achieve automaticity and accuracy, which in turn allow them to focus on comprehension.

Whether used as a stand-alone intervention or integrated to support foundational skills in Collaborative Literacy programs, the SIPPS program allows students to:

  • Respond orally during the foundational skills routines and receive immediate, strategic feedback.
  • Demonstrate mastery of learning at regular intervals through criterion-referenced tests.
  • Read controlled-vocabulary text to practice the words and concepts taught.
  • Engage with books at appropriate levels to build fluency and increase confidence.

SIPPS Features:

Intentionally Aligned with Being a Reader
SIPPS works seamlessly with Being a Reader. Explicit and systematic lessons develop phonological awareness, spelling-sound relationships, decoding, and sight word knowledge that work together to develop accuracy and automaticity.

Aligned with the RTI/MTSS Framework
SIPPS aligns with the RTI/MTSS framework (Response to Intervention-Multi-tiered System of Support) and can be used across all three tiers.

Intensive Routines for Learning Challenges
Students identified with dyslexia or other learning challenges benefit from simultaneous activation of learning modalities that include movement and kinesthetic/tactile modalities. For these students, Intensive Multisensory Instruction for SIPPS provides variations that can be readily integrated into the original SIPPS routines.

Small-Group Instruction
The small-group format allows all students to be instructed at their point of need.

Support for ELD/ELA Learners
SIPPS provides ELD/ELA standards support through word analysis, including phonological awareness, decoding and word recognition, fluency, and vocabulary development.

The assessments in SIPPS facilitate initial placement and monitoring student progress toward mastery of the foundational skills.

Companion Fluency Libraries
Practice libraries provide age-appropriate collections of books specially chosen for characteristics of decodability that support struggling readers.These libraries help students transition from decodable texts to trade books.

SIPPS: Aligned with the RTI/MTSS Model