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In November, REACH is hosting an online webinar series titled Early Grade Reading Program Design and Implementation: Best Practices and Resources for Success. This series of webinars will focus on major components and critical issues in early grade reading programs, including 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. Cross-cutting issues related to gender, inclusive education and technology will be integrated throughout. Although the webinars are designed as a package, participation in one does not require participation in others. Each webinar will include references and resources that will be provided to participants.
This presentation includes an overview of early grade reading program components and key issues. It includes background information on the U.S. Government and U.S. Agency for International Development; discusses the importance of improving reading outcomes in the early grades; and summarizes progress and gaps to date with respect to early grade reading improvement. A list of resources and references is provided as a separate document.