COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 1

January 8, 2002

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read and Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read: A Parent Guide

 

The Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA), the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), and the U.S. Department of Education have recently published two new reading publications now available at no cost through ED Pubs, the dissemination center at the U. S. Department of Education.

 

Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read (September 2001), a 58 page booklet, intended for teachers, summarizes what researchers have discovered about how to teach children to read successfully. The National Reading Panel findings and suggested implications for classroom instruction are included.

 

Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read: A Parent Guide (September 2001), a four-panel brochure, designed for parents of young children, describes early literacy activities parents can do at home to help children learn to read successfully. The brochure is also based on the findings of the National Reading Panel.

 

Copies of these publications may be obtained through ED Pubs at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827), or at mailto:EdPubOrders@aspensys.com online. To download the documents, go to the National Institute for Literacy website at http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/partnershipforreading/publications/PFRbooklet.pdf.

 

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