ERIC Number: ED429082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Every Child Reading: An Action Plan of the Learning First Alliance.
Learning First Alliance, Washington, DC.
This action plan for reading success calls for educators, policymakers, and others to adopt practices that are consistent with available research on how to teach reading effectively. In early childhood, parents, care providers, and other community members should give children a strong base of cognitive skills related to print, background knowledge, and a love of books. In the first grade, common instructional practices are often inconsistent with the most current research findings. All students should be taught phonetic decoding strategies, although those who acquire reading easily can move through this instruction quickly. By second grade, children should be able to sound out short phonetically regular words, know many "sight" words, and have good reading comprehension skills. To foster these goals, educators and policymakers should work for better teacher education and professional development, increased parent participation, whole school adoption of effective research-based methods, improved diagnostic assessment, and increased reading research. (Contains 24 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Parent Role, Professional Development, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, Reading Readiness, Research Utilization, Skill Development, Teacher Education, Teacher Role
American Federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001 ($3).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Learning First Alliance, Washington, DC.