ERIC Number: ED442081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Making a Difference Means Making It Different: Honoring Children's Rights to Excellent Reading Instruction.
International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
All children must receive the excellent instruction and support they need to learn to read and write. In this position statement, the International Reading Association reviews the challenges the schools face and outlines support children need to become competent readers and writers. The statement pinpoints 10 principles which provide a means for evaluating current policy and classroom practice, and a direction for change where it is necessary: (1) Children have a right to appropriate early reading instruction based on individual needs; (2) Children have a right to reading instruction that builds both skills and the desire to read increasingly complex materials; (3) Children have a right to well-prepared teachers who keep their skills up to date through professional development; (4) Children have a right to access a wide variety of books and reading material in classroom, school, and community libraries; (5) Children have a right to reading assessment that identifies their strengths and their needs and involves them in making decisions about their learning; (6) Children who are struggling with reading have a right to receive intensive instruction from professionals specifically prepared to teach reading; (7) Children have a right to reading instruction that involves parents and communities in their academic lives; (8) Children have a right to reading instruction that makes meaningful use of their first language skills; (9) Children have the right to equal access to the technology used for the improvement of reading instruction; and (10) Children have the right to classrooms that optimize learning opportunities. (NKA)
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Classroom Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Literacy, Position Papers, Reading Instruction, Student Needs, Teacher Role
Order Department, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139 ($8). For full text: http://www.reading.org/advocacy/policies/MADMMID.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.