ERIC Number: ED447421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Breakthrough to Literacy.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This paper provides an overview of Breakthrough to Literacy, a research-based early literacy program that combines interactive software, quality print materials, take-home materials and staff development to provide individualized reading instruction for students. It uses technology to help children understand the relationship between sound, print, and meaning. Kits are offered for three grade levels: prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade. Breakthrough to Literacy currently serves more than 40,000 children in 36 states. Major program components include: daily story reading (with particular objectives); interactive computer software (with individually tailored lessons through which students progress at their own pace); integrated print and computer curriculum materials; assessments; print materials (for shared, guided, and independent reading and for writing activities); staff development; and take-home materials (children and parents are encouraged to read together at home). Sections of the paper discuss background, philosophy and goals, program components, evidence of effectiveness, professional development and support, implementation, costs, considerations, contact information, and policy issues and questions. (SR)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Emergent Literacy, Individualized Reading, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Reading Programs, Reading Research
Education Commission of the States, 707 17th St., #2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427. Tel: 303-299-3600; Web site: http://www.ecs.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.