A List of Literacy Organizations, Resource Sites, and Research Centers:
All About Adolescent Literacy: AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.
Balanced Reading: Developing research-based resources for the balanced reading teacher.
Big Ideas in Beginning Reading (University of Oregon): A website is designed to provide information, technology, and resources to teachers, administrators, and parents across the country.
Colorín Colorado: The premier national website serving educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12. Colorín Colorado has been providing free research-based information, activities, and advice to schools and communities around the country for more than a decade.
Council for Exceptional Children: The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.
Doing What Works Clearinghouse: The goal of the WWC is to be a resource for informed education decision making.
Florida Center for Reading Research: A multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University. FCRR explores all aspects of reading research—basic research into literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment.
International Dyslexia Association: An international organization that concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. The IDA actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for dyslexics.
International Reading Association: A global advocacy organization, and literacy is their cause, their passion, and their reason for being. They publish cutting-edge research on literacy, and translate this research into practical resources for educators, students, and leaders involved in spreading literacy all across the world.
Just Read, Florida!: A statewide reading initiative that prioritizes reading in Florida’s public schools and among all the community groups and volunteer organizations that support them. Just Read, Florida! is based on the latest reading research that includes emphasis on phonemic awareness (knowing that words are made up of sounds), phonics (the link between sounds and letters), vocabulary (what words mean and how to say them), fluency (the ability to read words accurately and quickly), and comprehension (the ability to understand what you read).
LDOnline: They seek to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.
Lead for Literacy (by The Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group, Harvard Graduate School of Education): The Lead for Literacy initiative is a series of one-page memos for policymakers and early literacy leaders on how to improve young children’s literacy, birth to age 9. Using evidence from research, these briefs are designed to help leaders avoid common mistakes and present solutions and strategies for scalability and impact.The memos can be downloaded from the website.
Literacy Matters: Your first stop for teaching support including teaching resources, literacy lesson plans, assessment resources, and online training for school staff.
LitWorld: Be the Story: They implement on-the-ground innovative solutions to the hard-to-tackle challenge of illiteracy worldwide. The combined power of children’s own stories + access to diverse reading/writing experiences + peer to peer and adult mentor relationships = productive and transformational literacy.
National Center for Learning Disabilities: They improve the lives of the one in five children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.
National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): Their mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
National Regional Comprehensive Center with Good Literacy Support Material
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning: Their mission is to enhance community well-being through partnerships in education. They envision strong schools, healthy communities, and thriving cultures with Pacific hearts and global minds.
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning: A private, nonprofit, nonpartisan education research and development corporation founded to turn knowledge about what works in education into practical guidance for educators.
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory: A a nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination organization based in Austin, Texas. SEDL partners with educators, administrators, parents, and policymakers to conduct research and development projects that result in strategies and resources to improve teaching and learning.
Reading Online (Resources from the International Reading Association): An online-only publication of the International Reading Association (IRA), a professional organization of literacy educators. Its focus is literacy practice and research in classrooms serving students aged 5 to 18. This site offers original features and peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and website recommendations.
Reading Rockets: Their mission is to take that research-based and best-practice information and make it available to as many people as possible through the power and reach of television and the Internet.
Schoolwide, Inc.: Because reading and writing are critical for success in the school, the community, and the workplace, Schoolwide, Inc. has a central mission to improve students’ reading, writing, and learning by increasing the tools teachers can use to teach effectively.
University of Oregon, Center on Teaching and Learning: A world-class research center at the University of Oregon that uses scientific evidence and research-based practices to advance teaching and student learning.
Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts: They are dedicated to improving the educational outcomes of traditionally underrepresented student populations, such as English language learners and students with learning difficulties.
Voice of Literacy Podcasts: Listen to bi-weekly podcasts of interviews with literacy researchers as they discuss the implications of their research. Teachers, parents, principals, and policymakers are invited to listen and discuss ways to improve literacy instruction.
Fun Websites & Word Play
Literacy in General
Duke, N.K., Bennett-Armistead, S., & Roberts, E.M. (2003). Filling the great void: Why we should bring nonfiction into the early-grade classroom. American Educator. Spring 2003
Hart, B. & Risley, T.R. (2003). The early catastrophe: The 30 million word gap by age 3. American Educator. Spring, 2003.
Put Reading First: Free copies available through the National Institute for Literacy at ED Pubs , P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794 . Ph: 1-800-228-8813
“Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read” (Booklet for Educators: PDF File)
“Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read” (Parent Guide: PDF File).