ERIC Number: ED420031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Get Involved: A Guide to California's New K-3 Reading Program. EdSource School Involvement Project.
EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Responding to a call to action by California's state leaders to make reading instruction in the early grades a top priority in the public schools, this booklet discusses California's new K-3 reading program. It begins with a discussion of what prompted this new focus on reading, and then discusses the four major elements of a balanced reading program: (1) a strong literature, language, and comprehension program; (2) an organized, explicit skills program that includes phonemic awareness, phonics, and spelling; (3) ongoing diagnosis to inform teachers and parents about individual student progress; and (4) a powerful early intervention program to help children catch up when they are having problems. The booklet also discuses instruction of English language learners; challenges beyond the K-3 classroom; whether educators will be able to implement these changes; older students; how long it will take to see results; measuring program effectiveness; and the role of parents and the community. A nine-item list of publications and websites is attached. (RS)
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Primary Education, Program Descriptions, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Second Language Learning, State Programs, Student Evaluation
EdSource, 4151 Middlefield Rd., Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4743; phone: 650-857-9604.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California