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CIES 2019 Formal Panel Session - Developing Effective and Appropriate Decodable and Leveled Books

Chair: Aristarick Lyimo, GRN Training Specialist
Discussant: Paul Frank, SIL LEAD, Inc.

Individual Presentations:
  • Developing Appropriate and Effective Leveled and Decodable Books - Lisa Marie Easterbrooks (School-to-School International)
  • Books Beyond the Classroom: Developing a Culture of Reading in Mozambique - Corrie Blankenbeckler (Creative Associates International)
  • A Pill in a Banana: Making Decodable Texts Educational and Fun - Kerri Thomsen (Room to Read)
  • Building a Library of English Leveled Readers for Nigeria - Nancy Clark-Chiarelli (Education Development Center (EDC))
To address the theme for the CIES 2019 conference, “Education for Sustainability,” the Global Reading Network (GRN) has organised a panel to examine one element that is needed if nations are to produce citizens of the world with the education to contribute to sustainable development. Literacy is at the heart of education, and appropriate books are at the center of literacy. The panel session aims to share best practices related to literacy initiatives focusing on developing effective and appropriate early grade reading materials for supporting implementation of reading programs in developing countries. The panel will discuss experiences drawn from four different countries in Africa where USAID funded Early Grade Reading (EGR) projects have worked to develop materials for supporting EGR classroom instruction. Four presenters, each representing an Implementing Partner (IP) working to implement a reading project in one of the countries, will contribute to achieve the following session objectives:
  • Share best practices applied in four countries in Africa (Niger, Nigeria, Mozambique, Rwanda) for developing decodable and leveled books that are effective and appropriate for EGR instruction aimed for contributing to education for sustainability
  • Discuss challenges experienced in developing decodable and leveled books in those countries and how those challenges were addressed
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 08:00 to 09:30
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Atrium, Waterfront C
Hosting Organization: 
CIES 2019