If you haven’t visited the Global Reading Network’s website in a while, you will find a variety of recently added resources to support people involved in early grade education worldwide. Here’s a sampling:
Universal Design for Learning to Help All Children Read: Promoting Literacy for Learners with Disabilities. Written by Anne Hayes, Ann Turnbull and Norma Moran, this toolkit offers information on how to use the principles of Universal Design for Learning to successfully teach early literacy skills to all students, including those with different categories of disabilities. Click here to access the full text of the toolkit.
Early Grade Reading Program Design and Implementation: Best Practices and Resources for Success. This six-part series of November webinars, as well as a December workshop, focused on major components and critical issues in early grade reading programs. Topics included the following: teaching and learning materials development and use; key early grade reading skills and strategies for teaching them; language considerations in early grade reading programs; teacher professional development and pedagogical coaching; and program planning, scale up and sustainability. You can access presentation materials from these webinars, as well as many other GRN webinars, on the Tools & Training page of the website.
Results of RedLEI Research for Development of a Latin American/Caribbean Early Grade Reading Network. On October 30, 2018, an online audience of more than 80 webinar attendees listened intently as ten research fellows explained the results of their projects for the Red para la Lectoescritura Inicial de Centroamerica y el Caribe (RedLEI) initiative. RedLEI is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to launch a network of regional scholars in Latin American and Caribbean countries., following the engagement of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala's (USG) leadership. The initiative is designed to address research gaps relating to early grade reading in five countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The ten projects cover a range of key topics; access the reports here.