Supporting school systems to effectively teach essential literacy content to all students, including students with or at risk for literacy-related disabilities.

Building capacity related to implementation of a universal screening process to identify students at risk for reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

Intensification of instruction and intervention to comprehensively support the individual needs of students with or at risk for literacy-related disabilities.

Use of Response to Intervention in reading to determine special education eligibility in schools that use a multi-tiered systems of support approach.

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Our liaisons provide technical assistance to Regional Comprehensive Center (RCC) staff so they may better assist SEAs in developing and implementing state and local structures, procedures and policies to address student challenges in learning to read and write.

Learning to Read: “The Simple View of Reading”

Learning to read consists of developing skills in two areas: accurate, fluent reading and comprehending the meaning of texts. Learning these skills does not come naturally. Both accurate word reading and text comprehension require careful, systematic instruction.

Studies report fundamental differences in brain development and activation patterns between individuals with dyslexia and those without.

Succeeding in School: Essential Features of Literacy Development

Reading skills provide the foundation for academic success. From the beginning of school, students should be taught different ways of using language to help them learn and communicate about academic content. This brief discusses two areas of literacy development that students must learn so that they can do well in school: foundational reading skills and academic language.

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Improving Literacy Briefs

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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Implementation Toolkits

Practical help for implementing recommended literacy practices.

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Literacy Skill Checklist

Personalized resources aligned with literacy skills for beginning readers.

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Learning Literacy Glossary

Key literacy terms with definitions.

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Virginia Department of Education

Find resources related to specific disabilities for Virginia schools.

Topic: Dyslexia

Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform

This paper features an innovation configuration (IC) matrix that can guide teacher preparation professionals in the development of appropriate content for evidence-based practices (EBPs) for writing instruction. This matrix appears in the Appendix.

Topic: Writing

Doing What Works

The State Implementation of Scaling-Up Evidence-Based Practices (SISEP) Center briefs help build state capacity for scaling up education practices. The first provides a framework for state leadership teams to develop capacity to make effective, statewide, and sustained use of evidence-based practices. The second defines intensive technical assistance and illustrates its use in education.

Topic: General Literacy

Phonological Awareness

Definition

The ability to recognize that spoken words are made up of individual sound parts.