Reading/Literacy

Reading/Literacy

  • Early Literacy Implementation: The Iowa Department of Education provides information and resources regarding legal requirements, guidance, technical assistance sessions, archived webinars and supporting documents, as well as FAST/IGDIs and Iowa Tier.  
  • Every Child Reads (K-12):   Every Child Reads (ECR) K-12 is designed to develop and refine a professional development strategy for large-scale, building-based structured school improvement focused on accelerating the reading achievement of students in kindergarten through 12th grade, with a special emphasis on students who are experiencing difficulty and to develop the capacity of the educational system to support structured school improvement effort in reading.
  • 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
  • International Literacy Association - ILA Bridges:  Instructional Units for the Engaging Classroom:  Want to know what quality literacy instruction looks like in action across the K–12 curriculum? IRA Bridges: Instructional Units for the Engaging Classroom show just that.
  • 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, Every Child Reads, Literacy in the Iowa Core, and State-wide Literacy Team.
  • Nell Duke - September 19, 2014 - a "storified" version of all the tweets shared by participants at the Fall Institute (2014) - created by Kathy Perrett, Iowa ASCD Member from Northwest AEA.
  • NewsELA:  This site allows you to change the lexile level of a news article for differentiation.
  • 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 November 18, 2016.