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Instructional Resources

Reading 
  • Evidence for ESSA
    Clear and authoritative information is provided on reading programs that meet ESSA evidence standards for both elementary and secondary levels.
  • IRIS Center
    The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities, birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions. 
  • The National Reading Panel Report
    The National Reading Panel (NRP) was convened by Congress in 1999. Congress asked the panel to review all the available research on how children learn to read, determine the most effective evidence-based methods for teaching children to read, describe which methods of reading instruction are ready for use in the classroom, recommend ways of getting this information into schools and suggest a plan for additional research in reading development and instruction. The results of the NRP’s analysis were put into a report that made it clear that the best approach to reading instruction is one that incorporates explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, systematic phonics instruction, methods to improve fluency and ways to enhance comprehension. 
  • The National Early Literacy Panel Report
    The National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) was convened in 2002 to conduct a synthesis of the scientific research on the development of early literacy skills in children ages zero to five. NELP was established for the express purpose of summarizing scientific evidence on early literacy development and on home and family influences on that development. The panel’s primary purpose was to synthesize research to contribute to decisions in educational policy and practice that affect early literacy development and to determine how teachers and families could support young children’s language and literacy development.
  • National Center on Intensive Intervention—reading intervention materials
    The National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) provides a series of reading lessons to support special education instructors, reading interventionists, and others working with students who struggle with reading.
  • National Center on Intensive Intervention—intervention tools chart
    This tools chart presents information about academic intervention programs. 
  • Reading Universe
    The Reading Universe is a creation of the Barksdale Reading Institute (BRI) devoted to improving significantly pre-literacy and reading skills.  For almost two decades, BRI has worked in K-3 classrooms with elementary teachers and principals to align early literacy instruction with up to date cognitive and educational science.
  • Scarborough’s Reading Rope—A Groundbreaking Infographic
    Hollis Scarborough is a leading researcher of early language development and its connection to later literacy.  The Reading Rope consist s of lower and uppoer strands.  The word-recognition strands work together as the reader becomes accurate, fluent, and increasingly automatic with repetition and practice.  Concurrently, the language-comprehension strands reinforce one another and then weave together with the word-recognition strands to produce skilled readers. 
  • The Reading League
    The Reading League’s mission is to advance awareness, understanding, and use of evidence-based reading instruction. 
  • The Simple View of Reading
    The Simple View of Reading shows that, while reading is a complex activity, it can be represented as two interdependent processes:  word recognition (decoding) and language comprehension. 
  • Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science by Louise Moats
    This foundational report reviews the reading research and describes the knowledge base that is essential for teacher candidates and practicing teachers to master if they are to be successful in teaching all children to read well.   
  • The PAST Test
    The Phonological Awareness Screening Test (PAST) can be used a few times a year to track student’s progress. 
  • The Reading Teacher’s Top Ten Tools
    The Reading Teacher’s Top Ten Tools is an online reading course. The course content is based upon a firm foundation of proven knowledge and pedagogy, research and practice that truly informs the daily work teachers do to teach students to read. 
Mathematics 
  • Evidence for ESSA
    Clear and authoritative information is provided on mathematics programs that meet ESSA evidence standards for both elementary and secondary levels.
  • Five Evidence-Based Recommendations for Teaching Math to Young Children
    This practice guide summary provides an overview of the guide’s five practical, evidence-based recommendations, examples of innovative tools and strategies teachers can use in their classrooms, and a brief discussion of the evidence that supports the guide’s recommendation. 
  • IRIS Center
    The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving educational outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions. 
  • National Center on Intensive Intervention—mathematics intervention materials
    The National Center for Intensive Intervention (NCII) developed a series of mathematics lessons and guidance documents to support special education instructors, mathematics specialists, and others working with students who struggle with mathematics.  These lessons and activities are organized around six mathematics skills areas that are aligned to college-and career-ready standards, and incorporate several instructional principles that may help intensify and individualize mathematics instruction to assist teachers and interventionists working with students who have difficulty with mathematics. 
  • National Center on Intensive Intervention—intervention tools chart
    This chart presents information about academic intervention programs. 
  • Ten Key Mathematics Practices for All Elementary Schools
    This document, created by The Meadow Center, provides ten key mathematics practices for all elementary schools with strong evidence of effectiveness from high quality research. 
  • Ten Key Math Practices for All Middle and High Schools
    This document, created by The Meadow Center, provides ten key mathematics practices for all middle and high schools with strong evidence of effectiveness from high quality research. 
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