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About us!

At Read Side by Side, our mission is to prepare all students for life-long reading by providing quality, evidence-based curriculum to engage all readers.


Meet the Founder

Sarah Collinge, M. S. 

I started my work as a third-grade teacher in 2000, focusing my work in Title 1 schools. Throughout my teaching career, my goal was to increase students' success and confidence as readers. After years of teaching Basal curriculums, guided reading, and reader's workshop (with only mild-success), I launched my own research and began studying how motivation ties in to reading success. My research evolved over several years and led me to a new and innovative approach to teaching reading in the middle-grades; the CIA (Collect-Interpret-Apply) approach. As my work spread across Washington state, I left teaching in order to publish my work and share it with the world! My first book Raising the Standards Through Chapter Books (2011, 2022), outlines how to teach this new approach in the classroom. Following its publication, I went on to write a comprehensive reading curriculum for grades 3-6. While I remain passionate about providing quality instruction for all students, I am just as passionate about supporting teachers with sustainable practices that seek to keep them in the profession!


How are we different?

Written by teachers!

Being a teacher-owned, small business offers us the opportunity to provide something truly different for schools. At Read Side by Side we are dedicated to making sure the curriculum we sell is teacher approved, and raises reading achievement for all students. Our curriculum is affordable, with options for every budget. We do not lock schools into contracts, and there are no subscriptions! All professional development can be accessed through PD books, video trainings, and web call services. We know you will be happy with our products and our customer service! It is our pleasure to serve you and your students!

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Serving public and private schools across the US!

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Not sure if the program is right for you?

We are confident the Read Side by Side Reading Program is the right fit for your next curriculum adoption! To learn more about the program and request a sample kit, connect with one of our advisors!