Noted below are three sites which would be worth adding to a resource list.
TheAdult Literacy Resource Institute (A.L.R.I.) is a program and staff development center for adult literacy, basic education, and English for speakers of other languages programs in the Greater Boston area. Although this program is available in Boston, the resources and related information is of great value. TheVerizon Literacy Network offers a variety of programs to help establish or enhance a literacy program. Verizon is committed to "Promoting a more literate American." As a source of partners, programs, news, and events, this site would be a valuable addition to a educator resource site.
The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy mission is to "help advance literacy in the United States. To this end, CAAL pursues an agenda of issues that bears critically on policy, practice, and planning, especially at the state and federal levels."
The annual nationwide celebration of afterschool programs will take place in October for more than 7,500 communities. Join the 1 million Americans who take part in Lights On Afterschool to help call attention to the afterschool programs that keep our kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.
Alliance for Excellent Education (2004) and the Carnegie Corporation of New York created a team of nationally respected educational researchers that offered recommendations for how to meet the needs of struggling readers in grades 4-12. This report expands on Reading First - acquiring grade-level reading skills by third grade - to include Reading Next - acquiring the reading skills that can serve youth for a lifetime.
We are parents, teachers, college students, care givers, volunteers, business people, children... And we are united with one goal. The America Reads Challenge calls on all Americans to help ensure that every American child can read well and independently by the end of 3rd grade. You can play an important role in the America Reads Challenge.
21st Century Literacy is one of five key action areas adopted by the American Library Association to fulfill its mission of providing the highest quality library and information services for all people. This site provides resources and links to other websites and includes information in Spanish. Visit the American Library Association's Great websites for kids.
Established in Los Angeles in 1993 by Barbara Bain, BookPALS now proudly claims 12 chapters throughout the country. Nationally, BookPALS' 2000 dedicated volunteers serve more than 100,000 preschool to 5th grade students weekly by reading aloud at public schools, hospitals, cultural institutions, on the phone and online. BookPALS is founded on a clear premise: children must be exposed to the magic of books to develop a love of reading. Who better to make that magic come alive than actors gifted in the art of storytelling?
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
At the urging of Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin, Congress established the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress by statute (P.L. 95-129) in 1977. The center’s purpose was to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading. Through the years the center’s mission has expanded to include literacy and library promotion and encouraging the historical study of books, reading, and the printed word. The center’s audience always has included readers and potential readers of all ages.
The Center's mission is to improve the reading achievement of America's youth by generating and disseminating theoretical, empirical, and practical solutions to the learning and teaching of beginning reading.
EarlyChildhoodTeacher.org is a website for and about current and aspiring early childhood educators. They have information on how to earn your teaching certification in each state, including early childhood education (ECE) degree programs, professional organizations, where to look for jobs and blogs to follow. A blog is written by and for early childhood educators and is filled with advice and tips to help you become a better teacher.
The program is called Exercise the Right to Read and is a nationwide fundraiser that combines childhood fitness and literacy, benefits school libraries, and raises funds for First Book-an award winning charity that provides books to children from low-income families. This campaign has already been introduced to schools nationwide. We've had great feedback from teachers and librarians from all over the country, as the program combines ways of addressing many schools' literacy and fitness goals. It's also being used by affluent schools as community outreach to help less fortunate schools. Everything needed for the program is available free at www.exercisetherighttoread.org. Take a look, and get involved - you'll find it's a win / win, benefiting you and the people we write for - kids!
The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America promotes the personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development; creative and critical thinking; interpersonal communications; practical communications; practical knowledge; and career preparation.
The International Book Bank works with literacy programs in the developing world to supply them high-quality new books and educational materials. Our books go to children, the ill, and the indigent, in places where there is no access to books.
The International Reading Association is a professional membership organization dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit. The IRA is the national organization of the Illinois Reading Council. Visit the site for excellent print or video materials.
In partnership with Pearson, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign will continue to raise awareness of the importance of early literacy and personal service. This year, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record partners include American Eagle Outfitters, Penguin, Sodexo, and Official Retail Sponsor Wal-Mart. Once again, Pearson people will join thousands of young people, teachers, public figures, and guest readers in big, invitation-only events in New York City, at the Washington Nationals Ballpark in Washington D.C., and at major citywide events planned at the Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Public Libraries.
Ever since Kids to Kids International (KTKI) was incorporated in 1991, it has been our hope, our dream, and our vision to be in every classroom in America. With your continued membership and help, we can make that dream a reality.
The National Center for Family Literacy has pioneered educational initiatives that improve the lives of our nation’s most at-risk children and families. By consistently finding new, progressive ways to reach and influence others, more than one million families have benefited from educational and economic gains as a result of NCFL’s work. With the help of more than 150,000 teachers and thousands of other volunteers,
This Web site is updated regularly with information about NRP publications and materials, as well as upcoming speaking engagements by Panel members. This site is also an archive, featuring the congressional charge to the NRP, biographies of NRP members, meeting minutes, and other historical information. Written materials may be viewed online in HTML format or downloaded in PDF format. You may also order NRP publications and materials, including the full-length 20-minute video, from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Clearinghouse.
NCFL is recognized internationally as the leader in the field of family literacy, an innovative approach to meeting the educational needs of both children and their parents. NCFL works to expand the learning opportunities for all families nationwide by providing training for educators, researching effective practices, and raising public awareness. This website includes information about current programs nationwide and research information related to family literacy.
This is an interesting website that provides an online news museum. Everyday the site posts the front pages of 365 newspapers from around the world (38 countries). First, you select the continent, then the desired city. You may just read the front page or link to the newspaper's website.
Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud in pediatric exam rooms across the nation. Doctors and nurses know that growing up healthy means growing up with books. The ROR program provides the tools to help promote children's developmental skills and later school success.
Readers Theatre introduces the element of drama into literacy learning and magically transforms the classroom into a stage. During Readers Theatre time, the reader is at center stage, totally absorbed in reading. The reader is a star. Readers Theatre is a highly motivational strategy that connects oral reading, literature, and drama in the classroom.
ReadWriteThink is a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Marco Polo Education Foundation. ReadWriteThink offers a wide array of standards-based lesson plans that meaningfully integrate Internet content into the teaching and/or learning experience. Lessons can be selected by grade (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and area of literacy practice. Each lesson is research-based, and includes a detailed instructional plan. The lessons are written for the teacher but include student-ready materials such as worksheets, interactives, and reviewed Web resources.
Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians and educators. It is celebrated each year during the third week of October. Since 1998, Teen Read Week has encouraged teens to: make time to read for fun, use their local library, and get reading materials and participate in events at their school or public library.
This website is a comprehensive site with information on educational initiatives for teachers, principals, higher education, students and parents. Current policies, legislative action alerts, grant information and research can be accessed through this site.