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Recommended Resources for Research on Teaching and Learning

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  • Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children
    Prepared by the National Research Council
    This expansive report examines factors that put children at risk for poor reading. It explores in detail how literacy can be fostered from birth through kindergarten and the primary grades, including evaluation of philosophies, systems and materials commonly used to teach reading. Available online.
  • Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success
    Prepared by the National Research Council
    This book builds on the findings reported in Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children. It identifies the most important questions and explores the authoritative answers on the topic of how children can grow into readers. Available online.
  • Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read
    by the National Reading Panel
    Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health
    This report, released in April 2000, reports on scientific research-based reading instruction and its readiness for application in the classroom. A companion subgroup report are also available.
  • Reading Programs That Work: A Review of Programs from Pre-Kindergarten to 4th Grade
    by Dr. John Schacter
    Funded by the Millken Family Foundation
    This publication reports on which reading programs are proven to be effective, joining the research behind why children fail to read with research on effective solutions to reverse this failure. It includes analyses of 35 different reading programs and their impact on student achievement.
  • Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)
    Funded by the US Department of Education
    This center conducts and reports on effective early reading instruction. It also conducts training for teachers.
  • Current Practice Alerts
    Produced and funded by the Council for Exceptional Children
    The Alerts series is a joint initiative sponsored by two divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children: the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) and the Division for Research (DR). The purpose of the initiative is to provide timely and informed judgments regarding professional practices in the field. Each Alert offers a review of what is known about a current or emerging practice intended for individuals with learning disabilities.
  • What Works in Classroom Instruction
    Prepared by the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
    This publication seeks to provide educators with instructional strategies that research shows have the greatest likelihood of positively affecting student learning. Designed to be used by K-12 classroom teachers, building-level administrators and central office administrators. Available in PDF.
  • An Educator's Guide to Schoolwide Reform
    Prepared by the American Institutes for Research
    Funded by several education organizations
    This report examines the claims for 24 schoolwide approaches.