First Principles for Early Grades Reading Programs in Developing Countries
Intended for national policymakers and global education project developers and implementers as a guide to incorporating reading and literacy into new projects and developing effective early grades reading programs. It describes a principled approach to observing core dimensions of effective early grades reading programs, including active teaching and learning in supportive learning environments. Strategies and tools are provided to record evidence of first principles at work in local communities, schools, and classrooms. Appended are: (1) Conditions for Learning and Teaching; (2) Foundations of Early Grades Reading; (3) First Principles Self-Review Tool; and (4) Resources for Literacy Programs in Multilingual Environments. A glossary is included.