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What Do We Mean by Evidence-based? Infographic

The term evidence-based is defined by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). According to ESEA, evidence-based programs are supported by strong, moderate, or promising research evidence of their effectiveness; or they demonstrate a rationale that they can improve a targeted outcome. NCIL supports the implementation of approaches with the highest levels of evidence supported by rigorous evaluations.

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The ability to identify and play with individual sounds in spoken words.

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Ask & Answer: Phonemic Awareness

What is Phonemic Awareness? Why is it important? How should it be taught? Learn the answer to these and other questions about Phonemic Awareness.

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The Iris Center

Practice thinking through how to use evidence-based strategies to support struggling early readers using case study scenarios and associated STAR Resource sheets

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View a workshop for early childhood staff to explore and practice everyday strategies to develop Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships with a family. Simulation 2 explores the process of developing and implementing goals with families.


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Research summaries and infographics written by our experts.

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State of Dyslexia

Dyslexia legislation in the United States of America.

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Learning Literacy Glossary

Expand your knowledge of key literacy terms with definitions and interactive resources.

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