Reading/Literacy

Reading/Literacy

  • Every Child Reads 3-5:  Every Child Reads 3–5 (ECR 3–5) is a statewide initiative led by the Iowa Department of Education. The goal of the ECR 3–5 initiative is to expand the capacity of early care and education systems (including early childhood care and education providers) to use language, reading, and writing strategies to enhance the literacy development of children ages 3 to 5 years.  Enhancing the literacy development of preschool children increases their readiness for school. The ECR 3–5 training curriculum was designed to teach early care and education providers, including staff in preschools and childcare facilities, as well as individuals who care for children other than their own in-home settings
  • International Literacy Association:  Since 1956, IRA (formerly International Reading Association and now the International Literacy Association) has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 56,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Our members promote high levels of literacy for all by:
    • Improving the quality of reading instruction
    • Disseminating research and information about reading
    • Encouraging the lifetime reading habit
  • Iowa Core Literacy Standards:   The Iowa Core Literacy Standards were adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education and integrate the work of the Common Core State Standards Initiative with an additional seven standards that apply exclusively to Iowa schools. These additional state-specific standards are marked IA.1 through IA.7.
  • Iowa Reading Association:  The mission of the Iowa Reading Association, an interactive group of individuals interested in reading, is to promote literacy through leadership, educational programming, and legislative endeavors. 
  • Iowa Reading Research Center:  The purpose of the Iowa Reading Research Center is to improve the literacy proficiency of PK-12 students. To that end, the Center will conduct research in practical settings in order to evaluate the effectiveness of literacy practices and the usefulness of assessments for guiding literacy instruction. All efforts of the Center will be conducted in collaboration with educators, parents, community representatives, and policy makers. Results will have a direct application to literacy policy and education in Iowa.
  • KU Center for Research on Learning: The Center for Research on Learning encompasses six divisions, each with a slightly different research emphasis. The center studies problems in education and work to place solutions that make a difference into the hands of educators, learners, employers, and policy makers.
  • Literacy - The Iowa Department of Education shares this site with access to Early Literacy,  Literacy in the Iowa Core, and State-wide Literacy Team.
  • NewsELA:  This site provides the latest news on English Language Arts and literacy.
  • ReadWorks.org:  Excellent resource for unit plans for skills/strategies, comprehension, novel, and reading passages.
  • Read Write Think: Excellent resources for the classroom and professional development, sponsored by the International Reading Association and NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).
  • Six Shifts in English Language Arts/Literacy:  This document provides the six shifts  that the Common Core requires of us if we are to be truly aligned with it in terms of curricular materials and classroom instruction.
  • Teachers College Reading and Writing Project:  The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is a research think tank and staff development organization housed at Teachers College, Columbia University. Led by Lucy Calkins, the Robinson Professor in Children's Literature at Teachers College, the TCRWP has been a leading force in literacy for over 30 years.
  • The Teaching Channel:  Search for reading and/or Sarah Brown Wessling to find multiple resources (e.g., videos, blogs) to support reading.
  • What Reading Does for the Mind:  This article by Anne E Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich explores how the volume of reading shapes the mind - and how the "rich get richer" and the "poor get poorer" when it comes to reading:  increased vocabulary, knowledge differences, decoding ability, verbal skills, spelling.

This page was updated on August 16, 2021.  Please contact Lou Howell with additional URLs you would like added to this page.  Contact LouHowell@gmail.com.