Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS): A Validated Classwide Program for Improving Reading and Mathematics Performance
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In this chapter, we provide an overview of Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies, widely known as PALS, a suite of validated, universal-tier programs, conducted by the classroom teacher in the general education classroom, with the primary goal of improving reading and mathematics outcomes for all learners in the general education classroom. In this chapter, we begin by describing PALS’s purpose, structure, and goal, as well as the processes by which PALS is designed to accomplish that goal. Then we explain PALS’s essential components and describe what research studies tell us about the effects of PALS on reading and math achievement and on social standing. Next, we explain considerations for implementing and draw conclusions.