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Early Grade Reading Program Design and Implementation: Best Practices and Resources for Success

Resource Type: 
Event Recordings, Materials, and E-Courses
Adrienne Barnes, Florida State University
Alison Pflepsen, REACH
Amy Pallangyo, REACH
Marion Fesmire, Florida State University
Publisher or Sponsoring Organization: 
Global Reading Network
Date Published: 
December 6, 2018
Abstract (200 Character Limit) : 

The purpose of this workshop was to provide participants with evidence-based information, guidance and resources to help them design and implement effective early grade reading (EGR) initiatives. The sessions were focused on key components of EGR programs, with cross-cutting issues including gender equity, inclusive education and technology referenced throughout. We designed the training to be interactive to allow for experience-sharing and discussion among participants. Our goal was for participants to be able to take what they learned during the workshop and apply it to their work improving children’s literacy and language skills.

The content of the workshop was developed by Reading within Reach (REACH), a five-year initiative supported by USAID. The purpose of REACH is to collect and disseminate evidence-based practices and resources to increase the impact, scale and sustainability of primary grade reading programs. REACH supports a community of practice, the Global Reading Network (GRN), which brings together practitioners, government officials, national and international nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and other stakeholders working to improve early grade reading in low-resource contexts. (You can learn more about the GRN and sign up to receive a monthly newsletter at

Content and resources included in this training were reviewed by a GRN working group, whose members represent diverse roles and programs globally. In addition to providing feedback on the content, working group members submitted resources, examples and case studies that have been integrated throughout the training.

Session Topics:
Session 1: Introduction to early grade reading improvement - Amy Pallangyo
Session 2: Key early grade reading skills to teach and learn - Adrienne Barnes
Session 3: Early grade reading instruction and classroom-based assessment - Adrienne Barnes
Session 4: Language considerations in EGR programs - Adrienne Barnes and Alison Pflepsen
Session 5: Resources for teaching and learning early grade reading - Amy Pallangyo
Session 6: Teacher and educator professional development in EGR programs - Marion Fesmire
Session 7: Coaching in EGR programs - Alison Pflepsen
Session 8: Planning for early grade reading program design, implementation, scale up and sustainability - Alison Pflepsen and Amy Pallangyo


Teachers and Teaching
Language of Instruction
Testing and Assessment
Text and Materials
Scaling Up/Scalability
Target Audience: 
Teachers, Implementers, Administrators