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Oregon-based Resources

  • Big Ideas in Beginning Reading
      A website maintained by the University of Oregon College of Education that is designed to provide information and technology to teachers, administrators, and parents across the country in support of the goal of all children reading proficiently and imaginatively at grade level by the end of third grade.
  • Collaborative Reading Education and Distance Education (CREADE) CREADE is now ReadOregon
      CREADE (now ReadOregon) is a collaborative project of the Teacher Preparation programs of 5 universities (Eastern Oregon University, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, and Western Oregon University) to develop a new classroom literacy competency program, strengthen reading endorsement programs and make them available via distance education, and improve pre-service teacher preparation in P-12 reading/literacy skills.
  • Common Core State Standards
      Links to various content standards for K-12 students.
  • Community of Writers
      Community of Writers (COW) is a K-12 teacher support program dedicated to improving student achievement in writing by improving the quality of writing instruction. COW offers a 5-day Teacher as Writer workshop in the Portland area. The annual Wordstock festival in Portland benefits the Community of Writers.
  • Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
      The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills. DIBELS measures were designed to assess five areas (phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, fluency with text, vocabulary, and comprehension).
  • Even Start Family Literacy
  • Family Write Night Resources
      Activities and suggestions for conducting Family Write Nights from the Center for Advanced Technology in Education, University of Oregon.
  • Lexile Framework for Reading - Matching Readers to Text
      Lexile measures are based on word frequency and sentence length. Website includes a Book Database, Lexile Analyzer, Lexile Calculator, Power Vocabulary, and Reading Pathfinders.
      As part of Oregon's Literacy Initiative, every student in grades 3, 5, 8, and CIM taking the Oregon Statewide Reading and Literature Assessment receives a Lexile reading comprehension score on the Individual Student Report. (See ODE's Lexiles in Oregon webpage)
  • Literacy Leadership State Steering Committee
      The Literacy Leadership State Steering Committee (LLSSC) coordinates Oregon's efforts to improve literacy pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
  • Literary Arts
      Find links here to the Oregon Book Awards, the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program, the Portland Arts and Lecture series, and more.
  • Ongoing Formative and Summative Assessment
      This page from ODE contains links to articles explaining how formative and summative assessment fit into a literacy program.
  • Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE)
      OCTE is the Oregon affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English - the world's largest subject-matter educational association with more than 77,000 members in the United States and other countries. OCTE provides professional development programs for teachers of English and language arts.
  • Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework (3.5 MB pdf, 221 pp.)
      The Oregon State Board of Education adopted the Literacy Framework in December 2009 as a tool for the state, districts, and schools to support the essential skills of reading. You will find links to separate parts of the framework and other resources on the ODE Literacy Framework homepage and subpages.
  • Oregon Reading Association (ORA)
  • Oregon State Literacy Resources
      Resources on adult basic skills and family literacy.
  • Oregon Writing and English Advisory Committee (OWEAC)
      OWEAC works to identify and promote high academic standards that emphasize improvements in language arts instruction that enable students to understand and apply reading and writing competencies and skills essential to critical thinking and to their success as college students, informed citizens, and members of the workforce.
  • Oregon Writing Project
      The Oregon Writing Project is a partnership between Lewis & Clark's Graduate School of Education and area schools. OWP offers a variety of programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon's students.
  • REAL:Resources for Educational Achievement and Leadership
      An Oregon Department of Education website that provides links to searchable standards, strategies for student success, teaching and learning resources, the online Oregon Standards Newspaper, more.
  • SMART - Start Making A Reader Today
      SMART - Start Making A Reader Today - is Oregon’s leading volunteer program dedicated to early literacy. It is a book and reading program for kindergarten through third grade children who are at risk of low literacy and its associated negative outcomes. Since 1992, SMART has served more than 55,000 children, given away more than 910,000 books and coordinated more than 1 million volunteer hours.

Bilingual/ESOL Education

  • Bilingual/ESL Education
      This site, hosted by Education Commission of the States (ECS), provides a topic overview, a series of "quick facts," links to suggested additional research and readings, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about bilingual education and English as a Second Language programs.
  • National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
      The National Association for Bilingual Education is a tax-exempt non-profit national membership organization founded in 1975 to address the educational needs of language-minority students in the U.S. and to advance the language competencies and multicultural understanding of all Americans.
  • Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)
      Established in 1974 by Congress, the former Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs is now the Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. The OELA administers Title III of No Child Left Behind Act (2001). OELA also provides national leadership in promoting high quality education for English language learners (ELLs).
  • TESOL: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
      TESOL is a global organization that is the professional organization for ESOL teachers, K-adult.
  • Understanding Language
      Understanding Language is Stanford University's website devoted to language, literacy and learning in the content areas and is particularly focused on English Language Learners. You will find links to news, policy, events, papers, and teaching resources.


  • No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
      The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law on January 8, 2002. "No Child Left Behind" redefines the federal role in K-12 education and strives to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. It is based on four basic principles: stronger accountability for results, increased flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work.
  • No Child Left Behind Policy Brief (6/02)
      Policy brief produced by the Education Commission of the States on the literacy provisions in the "No Child Left Behind" Act, including a discussion of how Reading First differs from previous federal reading programs.
  • OEA's Legislative Action Center
      Maintained by the Oregon Education Association, this site connects to local, state, and national government officials; federal and state agencies; media information; issues, legislation, and legislative alerts.
  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
      Special Education information and programs of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.

Literature Resources & Tools

  • Bibliomania
      British website. Free online (mostly grades 9-16) literature with more than 2000 classic texts including fiction, drama, poetry, short stories and contemporary articles and interviews; study guides; references.
  • Booklist
      The online counterpart of the American Library Association's Booklist magazine. Includes listings and reviews of popular books for children, young people, and adults, as well as articles of interest to librarians, teachers.
  • Children's Book Council (CBC)
      The Children's Book Council (CBC) is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books. Includes lists of newly published books, links to book-related resources, and a list of top titles, authors, and illustrators for various grade levels.
  • Children's Books & Authors
      This page on the Reading Rockets website links to extensive author and illustrator interviews, author studies, themed book lists, award-winning books, summer book lists, holiday buying guide, and resources for choosing and using kid's books.
  • Children's Literature Web Guide
      This University of Calgary site offers links to book lists, review sites, children's book awards, and resources for parents, teachers, and storytellers.
  • Children's Picture Book Database
      This site offers abstracts of over 5000 children's picture books and search capabilities for over 950 keywords, including topics, concepts, and skills which describe each book.
  • Lexile Framework for Reading - Matching Readers to Text
      Lexile measures are based on word frequency and sentence length. Website includes a Book Database, Lexile Analyzer, Lexile Calculator, Power Vocabulary, and Reading Pathfinders.
      As part of Oregon's Literacy Initiative, every student in grades 3, 5, 8, and CIM taking the Oregon Statewide Reading and Literature Assessment receives a Lexile reading comprehension score on the Individual Student Report.
  • Librarian's Index to the Internet (
      LII's literature and books resource page.
  • Reading Skills and Great Books for Kids
      Links to various book lists for different ages, as well as resources for improving reading skills and writing short stories.
  • Recommended Literature, K-12
      A searchable database maintained by the California Department of Education. Search by grade level, language, genre, culture, standards, awards, author, title, keywords.
  • Storyline Online
      Sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild, this website features online streaming video of SAG members reading more than 18 different children's books.
  • The Story Workshop® Approach
      Report on the implementation of the Story Workshop® curriculum with 4th and 5th graders in Chicago. Includes video clips.

Reading Initiatives

  • Foundation for Comprehensive Early Literacy Learning (PreK-12)
      California Early Literacy Learning (CELL) , Extended Literacy Learning (ExLL), and Second Chance at Literacy Learning were developed by the Foundation for California Early Literacy Learning. The purpose is to provide extensive professional development for teachers to support improved literacy instruction. CELL (PreK-3), ExLL (3-6), and Second Chance (6-12) organize research-based teaching methods into a framework for classroom instruction. The framework covers oral language, phonological skills, reading aloud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, interactive writing, independent writing, and oral presentation.
  • CORE (K-8)
      The Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) was developed in 1995 by Bill Honig, Linda Diamond, and other school reformers and reading researchers. CORE’s purpose is to improve student achievement in reading and increase teacher efficacy through the use of scientific research and best practices in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension strategies and book discussion, independent reading, and use of assessment. To that end, CORE provides extensive professional development for grades K-3 and 4-8.
  • First 55 [words] come alive!
      Free interactive, phonics-based reading lessons for parents to use with beginning readers.
  • Guys Read: A literacy initiative for boys
      Developed by former elementary teacher and current children's book author, Jon Scieszka, Guys Read offers leadership, practical solutions, a forum, and support to get guys reading.
  • Head Start
      Head Start is a child development program that has served low-income children and their families since 1965. Website contains some early literacy and family literacy information.
  • Jumpstart
      Jumpstart is a national organization that recruits and trains college students to work one-to-one with preschool children from low-income backgrounds on early language and literacy skills and the promotion of social and emotional development.
  • Junior Great Books (K-12)
      Junior Great Books is an inquiry- and literature-based program designed to develop the critical thinking and reading skills of students in grades K-12. Developed in 1962 by Chicago-based Great Books Foundation, the program is currently used in 9,500 schools in 50 states and eight foreign countries.
  • Read Across America
      A National Education Association (NEA) project to celebrate and promote children's reading.
  • Reading apprenticeship
      Reading Apprenticeship is a research-based approach to content area literacy. The program is designed to help middle school, high school, and community college students engage and succeed in rigorous academic work.
  • Reading is Fundamental
      Founded in 1966, RIF develops and delivers children's and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read regularly.
  • Reading Recovery (grade 1)
      Reading Recovery was developed by New Zealand educator and psychologist Marie M. Clay, and was introduced in the United States via Ohio State University. Reading Recovery is an intensive early intervention literacy program. First-grade children who score in the lowest 20% of their class (based on individual measures of assessment and teacher judgment) are eligible to participate. Regular classroom instruction is supplemented with daily individual, 30-minute lessons for 12-20 weeks with a specially trained teacher.

Reading & Literacy Organizations/Centers

  • Center for the Book
      U.S. Library of Congress website to promote books, reading, literacy or libraries.
  • Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)
      CIERA is a national center for research on early reading hosted by the University of Michigan College of Education. The goal of the center is to consolidate current knowledge on early reading, conduct programmatic research on specific early reading problems, identify best practices among successful early reading educators, and disseminate the resulting information and products.
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
      The International Reading Association seeks to promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction through studying the reading process and teaching techniques. The website serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of reading research and actively encourages the lifetime reading habit.
  • Learning Beyond the Classroom
      Website from Read.Write.Think focuses on summer activities that help children age 4-18 build their literacy learning outside of school. The site includes booklists, reading logs, book review podcasts, and best practice videos to help caregivers and tutors make the most of summer reading and writing opportunities.
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA)
      LRA is a professional organization for individuals who share an interest in research and the dissemination of information about literacy and literacy instruction. LRA sponsors a conference each year during the first week in December. NRC publishes a quarterly Journal of Literacy Research, the LRA Yearbook and the LRA Newsletter.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
      Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the nation's largest organization (100,000+ members and 450 local, state, and regional affiliates) of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.
  • National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL)
      The National Center for Family Literacy is a nonprofit organization supporting family literacy services for families across the United States through programming, training, research, advocacy and dissemination.
  • National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
      PThe National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) was a federally funded research and development center focused solely on adult learning.
  • National Council of Teachers of English
      A professional organization of educators in English studies, literacy, and language arts.
  • National Right to Read Foundation
      Promotes reading instruction which follows scientifically-based reading research. Advocates direct instruction in phonics.
  • Reading Rockets
      Reading Rockets is a national educational service of public television station WETA in Washington, D.C. with information about teaching children to read and helping those who struggle. Reading Rockets is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
  • Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts
      A collection of resources for reading educators maintained by the University of Texas at Austin.

Reading Assessment

  • Assessment Overview from the International Reading Association.
  • Curriculum-based Measurement in Reading
      Frequently Asked Questions regarding the use of Curriculum-based Measurement in reading from the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring
  • Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
  • Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
      Developed by faculty at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia; based on research in the fields of education and psychology. PALS tests fundamental literacy skills in kindergarten, including (1) phonological awareness, specifically an awareness of rhyme and beginning sounds; (2) alphabet knowledge; (3) knowledge of letter sounds; (4) concept of word , and (5) word recognition in isolation; and grades 1-3, including (1) phonological awareness, specifically blending and sound-to-letter; (2) alphabet recognition; (3) knowledge of letter sounds; (4) concept of word;(5) word recognition in isolation and (6) passage reading, which provides a measure of word recognition in context.
  • Reading Assessment Database for pK-3
      Information on more than 125 reading assessment tools appropriate children in pre-K-3; developed by SEDL.


  • Adolescent Literacy in the Content Areas
      A resource is developed and maintained by The Education Alliance at Brown University.
  • Adolescents and Literacy: Reading for the 21st Century
      November 2003 report from the Alliance for Excellent Education.
  • Autism – Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds
      Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids. From TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment, Design).
  • Early Childhood Research & Practice
      Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal sponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education (ERIC/EECE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ECRP covers topics related to the development, care, and education of children from birth to approximately age 8.
  • Early Reading Coherence
      Papers developed by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.
  • Education Week on the Web
      Reports and background essays on key education issues in America today. Sections include Education Week, Teacher magazine, daily news, archives, special reports, hot topics, state information.
  • Every Child Reading: An Action Plan (1998) and Every Child Reading: A Professional Development Guide (2000)
      24-page and 38-page reports (pdf format) from the Learning First Alliance.
  • Free-Reading
      Free-Reading is a free, sequential, research-based reading intervention program designed for pK-6 students. It's designed to contain a scope and sequence of activities that can support and supplement a typical “core” or “basal” program.
  • Glossary of Reading-related Terms
      The Reading Coherence Initiative (RCI) at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory has put together this glossary of terms related to reading and reading instruction.
  • Improving the Reading Achievement of America's Children: 10 Research-Based Principles
      From the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA).
  • Literacy Online
      New Zealand's Literacy Leadership Project includes tools for schools and districts to systematically tackle the development of a schoolwide vision. There are links to numerous materials for students and teachers here.
  • Phi Delta Kappan
      Professional print journal for education, addresses policy issues for educators at all levels. An advocate for research-based school reform, the KAPPAN provides a forum for debate on controversial subjects. Some articles online, remainder available in print by subscription.
  • Reading Next: A Vision for Action and Research in Middle and High School Literacy, 2nd Ed.
      A report to the Carnegie Corporation from the Alliance for Excellent Education, October 2004. Includes 15 key elements of effective adolescent literacy programs, more.
  • Reading Online
      An electronic journal of the International Reading Association that offers hundreds of articles on various topics in reading education.
  • ReadWriteThink
      ReadWriteThink is a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation. NCTE and IRA are working together to provide educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.
  • The Reading Teacher (RT)
      A peer-reviewed, professional journal published eight times yearly, RT gives thoughtful consideration to practices, research, and trends in literacy education and related fields. The Reading Teacher (RT) is aimed at those involved with literacy education of children to the age of 12, and is available to individuals as a benefit of IRA membership.
  • Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High School (2007)
      Report produced by the Alliance for Education identifies 11 instructional practices as holding the most promise to improve the writing skills of students in grades 4-12. Companion to the Reading Next report (see above).


  • Adolescent Literacy Research Reports
  • Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP)
      The National Institute for Literacy released this research report on best literacy practices from birth to age 5 from the 9-member NELP in January 2010.
  • seeks to make the findings of independent, peer-reviewed, replicated research on reading and writing education, as well as information on publicly reported tests of reading and writing achievement, accessible to busy parents, educators, and policymakers in order that they may make informed decisions about education and educational policies.
  • Fluency: A review of developmental and remedial practices
      Report by Kuhn, M. R., & Stahl, S. A. (2000) published by the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA).
  • The Nation's Report Card: Reading
      The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as "the Nation's Report Card," is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Since 1969, assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts.
  • Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read, K-3 (2001)
      Developed by Center for the Improvement of Early reading Achievement (CIERA) and funded by the National Institute for Literacy.
  • Reading at risk: A survey of literary reading in America (6/04, 60 pages, PDF)
      A report from the Research Division of the National Endowment for the Arts, Reading at Risk is a descriptive survey of national trends in adult literary reading based on a survey of 17,000+ adults, age 18 and over. Findings include: less than half of the adult American population reads literature; total book reading is declining significantly, although not at the rate of literary reading; literary reading is declining among all education and age levels, although the steepest decline in literary reading is in the youngest age groups; the decline in literary reading foreshadows an erosion in cultural and civic participation; the decline in reading correlates with increased participation in a variety of electronic media, including the Internet, video games, and portable digital devices.
  • Reading for Understanding: Toward an R&D Program in Reading Comprehension (3/02)
      RAND corporation report produced by 14 member panel chaired by Harvard professor Catherine Snow under a contract with the U.S. office of educational research and improvement (OERI). This study develops a research agenda to address the most pressing issues in literacy and the teaching of reading. Full text can be read online, downloaded, or ordered separately as a book.
  • Scientifically-based Research (2/02)
      Reports from February 6, 2002 US Department of Education seminar, where leading experts in the fields of education and science discussed the meaning of scientifically based research and its status across various disciplines.
  • What Works Clearinghouse
      The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to provide a central source of scientific evidence of what works in education. WWC produces practice guides containing research-based recommendations for schools and classrooms. It also has developed standards for reviewing and synthesizing education research and conducts ongoing assessments of the research evidence on the effectiveness of programs, products, practices, and policies. See Publications and Reviews for practice guides, intervention reports, single study reviews, quick reviews and reference resources.

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