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Academic Associates Reading Program™ is the most effective methodology for reading instruction. It was developed by Cliff Ponder after years of frustration as a teacher and principal.

Cliff Ponder has developed a very distinctive phonics-based reading program. The complete and authentic basis is the reason it is so successful with students of all ages. The program is successful with those diagnosed with dyslexia or other learning problems.

StudentsMany teachers now use the Academic Associates Reading Program in the classroom. Public and private schools have adopted our program.
Superintendent Rick Stark said, "We want the best for our school and our students."
"I'm very impressed with the self confidence my students have gained while using the Academic Associates Reading Program."
- Maureen Brogdon, a reading coach and Title 1 teacher.


Research & Reading

There is abundant research on reading and how the brain processes reading.
Our approach is to take what has already been learned and put it into a simple, usable format enabling the teacher to teach and the student to learn.
It is our compliance with reading research that contributes to the program's success. The Academic Associates Reading Program always gets results.

How the Brain Processes Reading

Reading & Research


Parent's Comments

"You've turned my son's life around. He loves to read. His teacher says he is a help to other kids in the class."
- Jeff W.

"This is the best investment we've ever made in Devin's life."
- Carrie H.

"I never thought I'd see her willingly pick up a book, but now she is always reading."
- Denise A.

"It used to be painful to listen to her try to read - now we wonder if she reads too much. She is always reading."
- Rick R.

"Max is graduating from high school tomorrow. We never would have made it without the reading help you gave him."
- Lynette W-R.

Our Program Uses the 44 Sounds of English.

The Academic Associates Reading Program provides students of all ages the "tools" that unlock the million words of English. Amazingly, non-readers can be reading over 300 words within 3 hours!

Most students complete the program in fewer than 50 hours. They will gain 2 to 4 grades during this time.
Those with dyslexia and other learning challenges make remarkable gains.
The pyramid illustrates that if there isn't a solid foundation of letters representing sounds, for many, reading can't take place. Once that foundation is established it can be built on with more and more complex sounds and combinations until confident reading takes place.

Reading Problems Everywhere.

Reading proficiency continues to be the biggest challenge in our schools. It has been this way for a long time. To discover how your local schools are faring click on the button below. Then click on your state. Proficiency means a student reads and understands material at grade level. Below proficiency or basic means they can read but not at their grade level.