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Reading Resources from Other Organizations

Standards for Middle and High School Literacy Coaches (2005)
A blueprint for literacy coaches, policymakers, school and district administrators, and teacher educators, in the hope that it will help support and develop coaching in ways that will most benefit adolescent learners. Literacy coaches help and support content area teachers "who may not be confident in their knowledge of effective reading instruction," according to the International Reading Association (IRA). Prepared by IRA with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and in collaboration with the National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teachers Association, and National Council for the Social Studies.

Reading to Achieve: A Governor's Guide to Adolescent Literacy (2005) (pdfsmall.gif PDF, 48pp)
This report from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) lays out the compelling case of why we should care about adolescent literacy, and it describes five strategies that governors and states should pursue to improve adolescent literacy. It also describes resources for adolescent literacy initiatives, gives examples of promising state and local adolescent literacy practices, lists contacts for more information on promising practices, and identifies potential funding sources for these kinds of programs.

¡Colorín Colorado!
The first major Web site created specifically for Spanish-speaking parents to help their children learn to read. It includes resources for teachers and librarians to reproduce and distribute to parents: information on how parents can use stories, discussions, songs, rhymes and games in either Spanish or English to increase literacy in children.

Read and Rise (2003)
A resource guide that offers research-based information and practical tips to help parents, family, and caregivers engage children from infancy to age nine in reading and literacy-building activities. For each age and grade, the guide includes:

  • Introduction - Brief, research-based information on common literacy behaviors 
  • Milestones - Important literacy goals that your child should be able to achieve at each age and by the end of each grade.
  • Try This! - Ideas and activities that can help you help your child gain the skills needed to become a successful reader.
  • Book Nook - Five basic features to look for when choosing books for your child.

Reading Rockets   
Reading Rockets is a PBS series that promotes and encourages children’s literacy. Site offers interviews with authors, issues for teachers, summer reading lists, and a wide-range of activities and information for the educator are posted and updated regularly. You may e-mail the reading rockets site with questions and suggestions and sign up for online newsletters and announcements.

National Geographic
This Web site, which focuses on geography, environment, social studies, and science, is chock full of useful items for motivating and encouraging readers of all ages. It features maps, photos, newsletters, books, magazines, and travel and excursion ideas. It has a wide range of instructional materials and resources for educators.

International Reading Association (IRA) 
This non-profit professional association devoted exclusively to reading instruction offers professional journal articles, news about conferences, and research about reading. The Web site features the latest IRA books, journal articles, convention sessions, and more

This Web site was designed "to provide educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content." Created by a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) 
This Web site offers visitors a chance to get involved with one of the nation's best-known reading initiatives. It includes practical assistance for RIF volunteers. Founded in 1966, RIF develops and delivers children's and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read regularly.

Family Education Network
This site offers ideas and activities to help both parents and teachers help students at all levels to become better readers. It also features reviews of children's books by parents.

Reading Online 
This "journal of K-12 practice and research," published by the International Reading Association, is a leading online source of information for the worldwide literacy-education community. The site offers articles on current reading issues as well as online discussions of the articles. It also features research summaries, international perspectives, and discussion forums.

Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)
This Website provides a number of publications as well as a rich collection of instructional resources and an archive of research work.

Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication
This Web site, operated by the Indiana University School of Education, offers a rich variety of useful resources that include bibliographies, lesson plans for teachers, tips for parents, research summaries, the ERIC Digests and more. This site includes all of the public domain materials formerly housed on the ERIC/REC Web site that was closed down by the U.S. Department of Education in 2003.

Partnership for Reading
This Web site provides information about the effective teaching of reading for children, parents, teachers, administrators, and policy-makers based on the evidence from quality research. The Partnership for Reading is a collaborative effort by three federal agencies -- the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the U.S. Department of Education. First established in 2000, The Partnership is now authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. On the Partnership for Reading site:

National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement (CELA)
This Web site offers elementary, middle school, and high school educators a wealth of information and links that will expand understanding of the theoretical and practical knowledge related to English language arts, including reading.

  • Booklet Series and Research Briefs  - Based on CELA research.
  • Literacy Corner - Useful information about helping young children (3-6 years) develop the skills they need to begin to read and write. For pre-K and K teachers, parents, and other caregivers.