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We are pleased to announce that Raymond Minney, a student at the David Douglas Arthur Academy (DDAA) in Portland, Oregon, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Wayne Carnine Student Improvement Award.

Ray has just completed 5th grade and is moving on to middle school. Ray’s Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th-5th grade teachers, as well as the Intervention Specialist at DDAA wrote letters of support, detailing Ray’s struggle to learn to read beginning in Kindergarten. The staff at DDAA worked to support Ray and continued to work with him one-on-one via Google Meet throughout the almost 2-year COVID

interruption. Throughout this time, Ray worked hard and began 5th grade and joined his grade-level reading class. He is now reading 110 correct words per minute without any errors and he is now earning A’s (95% or above) in all subjects.

Intervention Specialist Elissa McIntosh wrote, “In my ten plus years of being an educator, I have never seen this much tremendous growth in a student... Not only has Ray exhibited remarkable academic success with the Direct Instruction curriculum, but he has also demonstrated a true love for learning, regardless of how difficult it may have been for him. I am confident Ray is going to go on and do amazing things and become an integral part of our society."

Ray will be presented with his award during the opening of the National Direct Instruction Conference in Eugene on Tuesday, July 26th. We hope you can be with us then to congratulate Ray.

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