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WWC 20074011 Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades
The target audience for this guide is a broad spectrum of school practitioners such as administrators, curriculum specialists, coaches, staff development specialists and teachers who face the challenge of providing effective literacy instruction for English language learners in the elementary grades. The guide also aims to reach district-level administrators who develop practice and policy options for their schools.
12/15/2007
REL 2007038 Using Strategy Instruction to Help Struggling High Schoolers Understand What They Read
The evidence indicates that peer-assisted learning can have a substantively important positive effect on struggling high school students' reading comprehension. But reservations remain about attributing improved comprehension to peer-assisted learning because the students were not randomly assigned to the intervention in the one study that met evidence standards.
10/29/2007
WWC IRBRE07 Earobics
Earobics® is interactive software that provides students in pre-K through third grade with individual, systematic instruction in early literacy skills as students interact with animated characters. Earobics® Foundations is a version for pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and first graders. Earobics® Connections is for second and third graders and older struggling readers. The program builds children's skills in phonemic awareness, auditory processing, and phonics, as well as the cognitive and language skills required for comprehension. Each level of instruction addresses recognizing and blending sounds, rhyming, and discriminating phonemes within words, adjusting to each student's ability level. The software is supported by music, audiocassettes, and videotapes and includes picture/word cards, letter-sound decks, big books, little books, and leveled readers for reading independently or in groups.
8/13/2007
WWC IRBRCIR07 Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition©
Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition® (CIRC) is a comprehensive reading and writing program for students in grades 2 through 8. It includes story-related activities, direct instruction in reading comprehension, and integrated reading and language arts activities. Pairs of students (grouped either by or across ability levels) read to each other, predict how stories will end, summarize stories, write responses, and practice spelling, decoding, and vocabulary. Within cooperative teams of four, students work to understand the main idea of a story and work through the writing process. The CIRC® process includes teacher instruction, team practice, peer assessment, and team/partner recognition. A Spanish version of the program was also designed for grades 2–5.
7/16/2007
WWC IRBRFFW07 Fast ForWord®
Fast ForWord® is a family of computer-based products. According to the developer's website, the programs help students develop and strengthen the cognitive skills necessary for successful reading and learning. Participants spend 30 to 100 minutes a day, five days a week, for four to 16 weeks with these adaptive exercises. Fast ForWord® Language builds fundamental cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing, and sequencing in the context of key language and reading skills, including listening accuracy, phonological awareness, and language structures. Programs in the Fast ForWord® to Reading series provide the next sequence of cognitive skills designed to help students acquire reading skills.
7/9/2007
WWC IRBRCR07 Corrective Reading
Corrective Reading is designed to promote reading accuracy (decoding), fluency, and comprehension skills of students in third grade or higher who are reading below their grade level. The program has four levels that address students' decoding skills and six levels that address students' comprehension skills. All lessons in the program are sequenced and scripted. Corrective Reading can be implemented in small groups of four to five students or in a whole-class format. Corrective Reading is intended to be taught in 45-minute lessons four to five times a week. For the single study reviewed in this report, only the word-level skills components of the Corrective Reading program were implemented.
7/2/2007
REL 2007005 "Coach" Can Mean Many Things: Five Categories of Literacy Coaches in Reading First
Simply knowing that literacy coaches are in schools does not imply anything about how those individuals spend their time-there is a difference between being a coach and doing coaching.
7/2/2007
WWC IRBRFFR07 Failure Free Reading
Failure Free Reading is a language development program designed to improve vocabulary, fluency, word recognition, and reading comprehension for kindergarten through grade 12 students who score in the bottom 15% on standardized tests and who have not responded to conventional beginning reading instruction. The three key dimensions of the program are repeated exposure to text, predictable sentence structures, and story concepts that require minimal prior knowledge. The program combines systematic, scripted teacher instruction, talking software, workbook exercises, and independent reading activities. The program is delivered through small group or individual instruction.
7/2/2007
WWC IRBRADD07 Auditory Discrimination in Depth (ADD)® / Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (LiPS)®
The Auditory Discrimination in Depth (ADD) Program® (currently called the Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (LiPS) Program®) is designed to teach students skills to successfully decode words and to identify individual sounds and blends in words. Initial activities engage students in discovering the lip, tongue, and mouth actions needed to produce specific sounds. After students are able to produce, label, and organize the sounds with their mouths, subsequent activities in sequencing, reading, and spelling use the oral aspects of sounds to identify and order them within words. The program also offers direct instruction in letter patterns, sight words, and context clues in reading. The Auditory Discrimination in Depth Program® is individualized to meet students' needs and is often used with students who have learning disabilities or difficulties. The version of the program tested here involved computer-supported activities.
4/23/2007
WWC IRBRFQ06 DaisyQuest
DaisyQuest is a software bundle that offers computer-assisted instruction in phonological awareness, targeting children aged three to seven years. The instructional activities, framed in a fairy tale involving a search for a friendly dragon named Daisy, teach children how to recognize words that rhyme; words that have the same beginning, middle, and ending sounds; and words that can be formed from a series of phonemes presented separately, as well as how to count the number of sounds in words.
9/28/2006
WWC IRCEVL06 Voices Literature and Character Education (Voices LACE)
Voices Literature and Character Education Program (Voices LACE; formerly known as Voices of Love and Freedom and Literacy and Values) is a K–12 program that aims to promote positive character and citizenship values, literacy skills, and social skills. The program contains a curriculum that can be used over any length of time. During classroom lessons, students read books about such everyday issues as ethnic discrimination, fighting, and bullying, and elaborate on central themes through role-playing and discussions practiced in school and at home. Emphasis is given to promoting caring relationships between teachers and students and among students and to connecting the values taught through students’ personal stories. Voices LACE may also be implemented as a schoolwide improvement program. Optional components of the program include schoolwide events and restructuring of school organization and practices (establishing student assemblies and creating small learning communities), parental involvement (home visits and family nights), and community support (joint campaigns with supporting organizations and business).
9/14/2006
NCES 1999489 Directory of NAEP Publications
This 74-page directory lists all publications issued or funded by the National Center for Education Statistics that present or analyze data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Since 1970, NAEP has evaluated student performance in such areas as reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts. Each listing gives information for accessing the publication, through ERIC, the NCES web site, the Government Printing Office, or Ed Pubs, as appropriate.
4/19/1999
NCES 98464 NAEP FACTS: Long-Term Trends in Student Reading Performance
Data from the NAEP 1996 Long-Term Reading Assessment show that overall student reading performance, as tested at age levels 9, 13, and 17, had increased for both 9- and 13-year-olds since the first assessment in 1971. Scores for 9- and 13-year-olds in most racial/ethnic and gender sub-groups reflected the overall increase. Black 17-year-olds were the only members of that age group to achieve an increase, and they did so while black dropout rates were declining.
2/10/1998
NCES 98003 Indicator of the Month: Reading and Writing Habits of Students
Indicator from the Condition of Education, 1997.
12/22/1997
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