About Us

Catch Up & Read is a community-funded reading intervention program bringing at-risk elementary kids up to grade level reading.

Catch Up & Read has a 3-pronged approach to assist at-risk elementary students catch up to grade level reading:

  • Collaboration with School Leadership

  • After School Tutoring

  • Advanced Teacher Training



By partnering with campus leadership, Catch Up & Read is having a positive impact on reading for every child on campus.


Catch Up & Read collaborates on a weekly basis with school leadership to design and implement data driven instruction (DDI) and to ensure alignment and accountability for results. Catch Up & Read equips our teachers so that proven reading strategies are implemented with fidelity. Teacher trainings occur weekly and monthly accountability meetings are held between Catch Up & Read, the Principal and Lead Teacher. Additionally, Catch Up & Read assists teachers and campus leadership to interpret data and implement continuous improvement in our intervention approach.

Teachers are excited about using blended learning as a reading intervention tool. Students are found to be more motivated with this model, which combines fun reading software with one-to-one instruction from their teacher.


Catch Up & Read utilizes ISIP diagnostic assessments to group “at risk students” according to their deficiencies in 8:1 student/teacher groups. Real time data is then used to inform individualized instruction, adhering to Paul Bambrick’s model for Data Driven Instruction (“DDI”). After school class time includes both teacher directed lessons and computer learning modules. Ongoing accountability to data enables each campus to be proactive in managing successful outcomes.

Students in mastery learning programs show INCREASED GAINS in achievement over other traditional instruction programs AND RETAIN what they learn longer in both short-term and long-term studies. — [Guskey & Gates “Synthesis of Research”]

Low performing students generally do not grasp concepts the first, second, or perhaps third time a teacher delivers the lesson. Research shows that hard to reach students require the skills of a professional who can pick up cues and adjust their presentations effectively.

Diagnostic Assessments Inform Data Driven Instruction

Catch Up & Read adopted Istation’s “ISIP” diagnostic assessment to evaluate the reading level of 100% of the students on each campus. ISIP is endorsed by Texas Education Association and Dallas ISD and shows strong correlations with Texas’ STAAR assessment. Coupled with teacher recommendations, ISIP results are used to determine which students are behind grade level reading (Tier 2 & Tier 3) and eligible to participate in Catch Up & Read.

In 2012, Texas Education Association selected Istation’s ISIP assessment as the diagnostic measure for Texas public school students. Each student in grades K-8 is required to have assessments at the beginning, middle and end of the school year.

While gathering data 3 times a year is a first step in identifying where Texas students stand, it falls short of using this data to be proactive in addressing intervention. Having individualized assessment data available to teachers on a real time basis, allows professionals to:

  • Pinpoint deficiencies
  • Group students for maximum effectiveness
  • Develop a credible intervention strategy
  • Determine efficacy of their efforts.

Istation’s ISIP Assessment and curriculum are standards and research-based, facilitating response to intervention tier levels, individualized instruction, and real time progress monitoring for reading intervention.

Low performing students generally do not grasp concepts the first, second, or perhaps third time a teacher delivers the lesson. Therefore, after school intervention which is professionally delivered captures low performing students before they fall further behind grade level reading.

About Istation

Istation is a leading provider of richly-animated and interactive computer adaptive assessments (known as “ISIP™”, Istation’s Indicators of Progress), differentiated computer-delivered intervention programs, teacher resources, instant data reporting, and professional development for Pre K-12 students and educators. Istation’s products are standards-based and research-based facilitating response to intervention, personalized and differentiated instruction, and progress monitoring, differentiated, computerized reading intervention program.

About Istation’s Indicators of Progress ISIP

In 2012, Texas Education Association selected Istation’s ISIP assessment as the diagnostic measure for Texas public school students. Each student in grades K-8 is required to have assessments at the beginning, middle and end of the school year. While this is a first step in identifying where Texas students stand, it does go to the next step of using this data to in inform instruction. Having assessment data available to teachers on a real time basis, allows professionals to specifically target deficiencies and inform great instruction. Istation’s ISIP Assessment and curriculum are standards and research-based, facilitating response to intervention, individualized instruction, and real time progress monitoring for reading intervention.

By equipping teachers, Catch Up & Read is leveraging the research driven impact to reach 100% of the students on campus.


Thirty years ago, approximately 10% of students in the classroom were considered low performing. Today, this number has risen to approximately 90%. With emerging technology, teachers are able to deliver individualized material based upon ongoing computerized assessments for each student. Professional development significantly impacts the teachers ability to utilize this technology. Teachers are paid for their participation.

Teachers report strong improvement with Catch Up & Read students and have found the following effective:

  • Small teacher/student ratios
  • Students grouped according to deficiencies
  • Immediate access to assessment results
  • Sharing best practices
  • Tools for successfully implementing small group instruction

Teacher enthusiasm has translated back to their regular classroom to extend Catch Up & Read’s reach to all students on campus.

Should a student not be able to grasp a lesson, professional teachers are able to adjust their delivery in order to reach the intended mastery of each student.

Patricia G. Mathes, Ph.D. is the Texas Instruments Chair of Evidence-Based Education and Professor of Teaching and Learning within the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Mathes has conducted intervention research since 1991 with funding from multiple national and state agencies. She is also the recipient of several prodigious awards including: the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from Baylor University; the 2005 Albert J. Harris award from the International Reading Association; the 2002 Interpretive Scholar award from the American Educational Research Association; the 2001 Distinguished Early Career Researcher award from the Council for Exceptional Children, and the 1999 Samuel A. Kirk award from Council for Exceptional Children Division of Learning Disabilities. She is the author of numerous articles, books, and curricular materials and assessments related to reading and reading disabilities, accommodating academic diversity, and best practices for struggling readers.

MARGARET (PEGGY) ANDERSON CARR is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA, where she received a B.A. in Psychology. Since arriving in Dallas in 1967, Peggy has held numerous leadership roles for Dallas area schools, churches and philanthropic organizations. She has spent over 40 years contributing time and effort to causes important to the Dallas community, including serving as President of the Junior League and on the Vestry at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. In addition to her board position at Catch Up & Read, Peggy is currently serving on the Development Board of the Trinity River Audubon Center, and is Chair for the Dallas Historical Society Awards for Excellence, which will be held in November of 2013. Peggy and her husband, Web, have lived in Bluffview for over 25 years and are driven to support the business and education opportunities in their community. Her personal love of reading, talent for philanthropic work, and desire to better the educational opportunities for all children of Dallas make her naturally drawn to the mission of Catch Up & Read.

ROBERT DRANSFIELD, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright. Bob Dransfield practices in the Dallas office and heads the firm's Public Finance and Administration Department. Bob is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin and received his Juris Doctorate from SMU. Bob has received the following honors:

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law (2010 - 2013)
  • "Texas Top Rated Lawyer," LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell (2012)
  • "Texas Super Lawyer," Securities & Corporate Finance, Thomson Reuters (2012)
Bob is a member of the Salesmanship Club and has been actively involved with numerous civic organizations. Bob served as President of the Board of Trustees for Highland Park Independent School District.

TOM DUNNING, Chairman and CEO of Lockton Dunning Benefit Company, has been most active in civic, government and non-profits in both Dallas and Texas. A Dallas native, Tom graduated from Hillcrest High School in Dallas and the University of Texas at Austin. He is married to Sally and they have two children. Tom has served on numerous boards at the request of Mayors and civic leaders. Many honors have been bestowed on Tom including Dallas’ most prestigious award, the LINZ Award. Recently, he was elected to the Dallas Business Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League Humanitarian Award, the Volunteer Center’s Servant Leader Award, the American Jewish Committee Institute of Human Relations Award, and the Natural Leader Award from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas.

DICK LEBLANC, President of Hanover Property Company. After growing up in Ft. Worth, Dick graduated from University of Texas at Austin. Dick has been active in the real estate development business for over 30 years as founder of Hanover Property Company, a land development entity specializing in the development of large scale master planned residential communities. Dick is a reserve elder at Highland Park Presbyterian Church where he actively supports outreach activities such as Prison Ministry. Dick serves as a Board Member of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church Foundation and the Presbyterian Hospital Foundation. Dick has been a member of the Salesmanship Club since 1987, having served on its Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Camp Board, which is the entity that provides governance to the Salesmanship programs for emotionally troubled youth.

MEG SARTAIN is CFO of VentureDocs and the proud mom of 3 kiddos. After graduating with a BA in Finance from SMU in 1989, Meg joined Bank of America where she held numerous leadership positions as a Vice President of Operations. Meg left the bank to start her own business consulting firm, Sartain Partners, LLC, in 2000. At Sartain Partners Meg specialized in the development, marketing, sales and implementation of new cloud-based software (aka, SaaS). Currently she is the Chief Financial Officer of VentureDocs, a cloud-based legal document drafting company. In addition to Catch Up & Read, Meg is a member of the McCulloch Intermediate School PTA and a past board member of the University Park Elementary School PTA.

CATHERINE LEBLANC is Founder/Executive Director of Catch Up & Read. During her first 2 years at SMU, Catherine studied speech pathology/deaf education before switching her major to business. Following a successful 30 year career in Commercial Real Estate, Catherine returned to the field of education in order to equip 'at-risk' children to be successful, productive citizens for the city she loves so much. Catherine's focus on accountability and measuring outcomes are at the forefront of Catch Up & Read. You will frequently hear her ask two key questions: 1- How do we measure outcomes? And, 2- How are we using data to inform great instruction? Catherine is committed to moving the needle on results so that each child can reach their God-given potential. Catherine is committed to utilizing the most effective, research based solutions in order to catch low performing students up to grade level reading by the time they reach 4th grade. Catherine is married to Dick LeBlanc and is the proud mother of 5 children, one granddaughter and 2 spoiled dogs.