On January 12, the Global Reading Network (GRN) hosted a webinar spotlighting its recently released Landscape Report on Early Grade Literacy.Young-Suk Kim of the University of California-Irvine and Helen Boyle of Florida State University, two of the report’s authors, discussed highlights of the findings, explored remaining research gaps and answered questions. Access the webinar here.
The Landscape Report, which was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), reviews and summarizes available empirical evidence on early grade literacy acquisition and instruction in low-income countries. The report offers a comprehensive model of the process of learning to read and write, and highlights the balance required between decoding-related skills and higher-order skills, which are often not given sufficient attention in literacy interventions. The report is designed to provide those supporting, implementing and evaluating early grade reading programs with easily accessible information to help guide program design, as well as identify areas for additional research, as they work to improve children’s literacy skills. Access the Landscape Report here.