The following links, listed in alphabetical order, are resources that you might find helpful for your support and instruction of learning or struggling readers. Readsters is not responsible for and does not explicitly endorse the content of these sites.

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  • All About Adolescent Literacy’s website All About Adolescent Literacy provides multimedia information and resources for educators and parents of students in grades 4-12 who struggle with reading. Graphics organizers, book lists, and articles that provide research-based and best-practice information regarding adolescent literacy issues are a few of the many resources. Topics range from instruction in key literacy components specifically for middle school and high school students, assessment, and ELL literacy instruction, to preparing struggling readers for college.
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  • Report on Pre-Service Reading at 15 Mississippi Universities and Colleges

    The Report is the result of a two-year study of early reading courses at the 15 Mississippi universities and colleges that grant elementary education degrees. The universities and colleges cooperated fully with the study. The results and recommendations could apply to most education programs in the U.S.

    Two sections in the full report are good general resources related to reading instruction. Section VI. Bringing the Science to the Forefront of Literacy Instruction synthesizes the best research-based practices in literacy instruction, defines balanced literacy in terms of best practices, and discusses the conflict between science and practice in K-3 and college classrooms. The section titled Highlights of Perspectives and Research Influencing Early Reading Instruction in The United States (found near the beginning of the report) is an overview of publications that have influenced reading instruction from 1798 – 2013.

    The Barksdale Reading Institute was founded in 2000 by Jim and Sally Barksdale, to improve reading education in Mississippi.

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  • Center for Development and Learning
    CDL is a non-profit organization that works with teachers toward the goal of reaching and teaching every student, especially high-risk students. CDL sponsors the nation’s premier reading institute, Plain Talk About Reading, each spring. Their website provides access to numerous educational resources including downloadable articles by reading experts on a variety of topics, information that addresses many common concerns about learning, and a bookstore.
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  • Common Core Standards Initiative
    The Common Core Standards are the result of a nation-wide collaborative effort to “define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.” The website provides information about the development and adoptions of the standards, along with downloadable copies of the Common Core Standards.
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  • International Dyslexia Association
    IDA works extensively at international, national, and local levels to promote literacy through research, education, and advocacy. This website provides online resources, fact sheets about dyslexia, information about conferences, and much more that is helpful to educators, families, and individuals with dyslexia.
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  • LD Online
    “The world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD” provides resources for educators, parents, and students. Educators will find many helpful articles and instructional strategies for teaching students with LD or ADHD. Access to responses from a monthly Q & A time with a panel of experts, including a child psychiatrist, a special education lawyer, and an educational technology expert, is also available.
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  • Reading Rockets
    Reading Rockets’ focus is on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle. The website provides multiple resources for teachers, parents, principals, librarians, and other professionals who work with learning or struggling readers. Instructional strategies, book lists, links to videos, and self-study online courses are just a few of the resources available.
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  • Tools 4 Reading
    Mary Dahlgren, Ed.D., national LETRS trainer and president of MED Consulting and Tools for Reading, has designed sound/spelling cards for use as a supplemental resource with any reading program. The front of each card provides a picture representing a phoneme and the most common spelling patterns for the phoneme while the back includes a brief explanation for the spelling patterns, along with helpful facts and word lists.
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  • Working with Students with Disabilities
    Amy Kemp, a 5th grader from Mrs. Crawford’s after-school class in Lacona NY, suggested we post the link to this webpage that includes a brief article and links to additional materials about supporting students with various disabilities. Her desire is “that others may benefit from it and hopefully learn some new and important information!”
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  • Oral Reading Fluency Is NOT a Measure of Reading Fluency
    By Dr. Jan Hasbrouck
    Posted on EdView360 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 03:00 AM
    This excellent article, by one of the guru’s of reading fluency, revisits the history of Oral Reading Fluency assessments to remind us of their proper role in reading instruction.
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