Participate in a FREE reading program and reading intervention study by Teachers College

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A message from Neurocognition of Language Lab(NCLLab), Teachers College, Columbia University:

Participate in a FREE reading program and reading intervention study!

NCLLab studies how the brain changes as students become skilled readers using electroencephalography (EEG), a safe and non-invasive technique for recording electrical activity generated by the brain.

We are currently investigating reading development in 5th, 6th and 7th grade readers with and without reading disability. Specifically, we are looking at how an evidence-based reading program, System 44(TM), changes a particular brain response that indexes word reading expertise. 

Studies like this give students a chance to learn first-hand how scientific research is done; and to learn about the brain!

Watch a quick video about why we study how the brain learns to read.

Visit the lab webpage for more information on the study and intervention.

To participate in the FREE reading program & study, students need to be:

  • Between the ages of 10 and 12 years and in 5th, 6th or 7th grade.

  • Have a reading disability.

  • Be able to attend the reading program at Teachers College on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:45 pm, November through April.

  • Speak English as their first and main language (no other languages in the home until after age five).

What is the Reading Intervention Program?

System 44(TM) Next Generation is a foundational reading program for the most challenged readers in Grades 3–12+.  System 44(TM) ensures that students master the system of 44 sounds and 26 letters that constitute the English language, allowing them to become fluent and confident readers.A total of 60 hours of instruction will be provided between November and April, with class size capped at 16 students. The program will be taught by two experienced teachers. For more on System 44(TM)

How to qualify for the FREE Reading Intervention Program?

  • Schedule a 30-45 minute screening appointment at Teachers College (120th between Amsterdam and Broadway).

  • Students complete the Reading and Phonics Inventories 

  • Students identified as pre-, beginning, and developing decoders are well-suited for the program and will receive an email inviting the student to participate.

What’s involved in participating in the study?

Students visit the lab two times, once in the fall and once in late spring.

The EEG sessions will include:

            1. Vision & Hearing screening

            2. Reading & Phonics Inventories 

            3. Additional reading assessments

            4. Brief questionnaire 

            5. Recording of brain waves! Students find this fascinating.

For participating in the study, students will receive $50 in the fall after their lab visit (about 2.5 hours) and $75 for returning in the spring for a second visit (about 2.5 hours).

INTERESTED? QUESTIONS? To schedule a Screening appointment:

Call or email Lisa Levinson 


 IRB Protocol #: 18-235