• Mrs. Burkhalter, Mrs. Littrell, Mrs. Richmond

    Mrs. Burkhalter, Mrs. Littrell, & Mrs. Richmond

    are the RTI/MTSS Reading teachers

    at Bradley East Elementary.

    You can contact us @ 815-933-2233 or email us @


    jlittrell@bradleyschools.com or


    We look forward to hearing from you!!:)


    Students in the Reading RTI small group intervention program

    receive extra reading help in the "Reading Room."

    This instruction is in addition to their core classroom reading instruction.

    Students read various genre which includes, but are not limited to;

    Fiction, Non Fiction, poetry, music and chants,

    to support their reading development. 

    Early literacy is crucial for reading development as we focus on

    5 areas of reading:

    Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Comprehension, & Vocabulary


    Be an important part of the team for your child.

    Have your child read the books sent home in their purple, red, or yellow pouch to an adult every night & return these books in their pouch the next day.


    Your child needs your help to build their overall reading success. 

    So please sit down and enjoy listening to your child read to you.  Have a conversation with them discussing the sequence of events, characters, setting, details, funny parts, the problem in the story & favorite parts of the story.

    **Most importantly you & your child can enjoy this time

    reading together as they are only this age once.**


    "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."

    -Emillie Buchwald- 

    Cuddling up with your child next to you and reading together will instill a love for life long reading & learning.  Form a parent child bond of loving memories that will last a lifetime!


    Open Book


    All about our READING PROGRAM

    Response to Intervention - RTI

    Multi-Tiered System of Support  - MTSS

    RTI is Response To Intervention / MTSS reading is the multi-tier approach to the early identification & support of students who have learning needs. The MTSS process begins with universal screening of children in the general education classroom & high-quality intensive instruction. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning.

    At Bradley East, three certified teachers who have their masters degrees in reading, are the teachers who provide the necessary extra support for students who are identified as needing to catch up to their peers in regards to their reading development.  Progress is closely monitored to assess both the learning rate and level of performance of individual students. Educational decisions about the intensity and duration of interventions are based on individual student response to instruction. MTSS is designed for use when making decisions in the general education setting.

  • Reading Strategies to use at home...

    • Look at the picture.  Think what the story is about.

    • Use your pointer finger to point to each word.

    • Get your mouth reday to make the sound of the first letter of the word.

    • Think about whaich word would make sense.

    • If it doesn't sound right/make sense or look right... go back and reread the sentence.

    • Find a chunk or a part of the word you know to blend an unknown word.

  • Read!   Read!   Read!