ERIC Number: ED447430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Invitations to Literacy.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This paper provides an overview of Houghton Mifflin's Invitations to Literacy, a commercially published, integrated reading/language arts program for use in K-6 classrooms. The program provides instructional resources that seek to: build on the foundation that students bring to school and foster home-school cooperation; hold all students to the same high standards and meet students' individual needs; introduce students to a variety of high-quality literature and "real-world" resources that increase their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of themselves, other people, and the world they live in; and respect and appreciate the diversity of each learner. Invitation to Literacy's main components include: library materials, activity books, teacher materials, program assessments, bilingual materials, parent involvement, volunteer involvement, and computerized resources. Most schools adopting Invitation to Literacy select it as the core reading program, and it is typically implemented in all regular education classes in grades K-6. The program currently (year 2000) is used in approximately 9,000 schools across the country. 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. (Contains 11 references.) (SR)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Language Arts, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Reading Instruction, 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.