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Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) — Reading — Elementary, Whole Class

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Program Description

Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies, or PALS, is a technique in which children work in pairs, taking turns as teacher and learner, to learn a structured sequence of literacy skills, such as phonemic awareness, phonics, sound blending, passage reading, and story retelling. Children use a simple error correction strategy with each other, under guidance of a teacher.

Program Outcomes

Three qualifying studies have evaluated PALS in first grade. Two of the three found significant positive effects on Woodcock scales which qualified PALS for the ESSA “Strong” category, and for the “Solid Outcomes Rating” (at least two studies with effect sizes of at least +0.20).

Staffing Requirements

No additional classroom staff needed, but on-site coaches needed.

Professional Development/Training

Tutoring is provided through AIR. Visit the Fuchs Tutoring Training Request page to sign-up. You will need to indicate the type of training (e.,g., reading or math), the grade level requested, the number of people to be trained, and your location. You will be contacted by a trainer and can negotiate dates. More information about training can be found here.


None needed.