Our Work in The Field

NCIL staff and expert coaches are working with several state education agencies and the local education agencies they identify to provide intensive technical assistance.

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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How We Learn to Read: The Critical Role of Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness involves being able to recognize and manipulate the sounds within words. This skill is a foundation for understanding the alphabetic principle and reading success. There are several ways to effectively teach phonological awareness to prepare early readers, including: 1) teaching students to recognize and manipulate the sounds of speech, 2) teaching students letter-sound relations, and 3) teaching students to manipulate letter-sounds in print using word-building activities.

Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Beginning Reading

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Nadine Gaab Ph.D.
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Nadine Gaab Ph.D.
Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Category: 
Screening & Identification
Topic: 
Identification

Liaisons

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.

  • Sarah Sayko: Mid-Atlantic, Appalachia, Texas, and Great Lakes
  • Brian Gearin: Northwest, Pacific, California, Central, West Central, North Central, South Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Florida and the Islands

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Arkansas Department of Education

View dyslexia resource guides, Arkansas's laws concerning dyslexia, and related information.

Topic: Dyslexia

The Center on Instruction

An introduction to and overview of the methods and results of the report and implications for practice.

Topic: Writing

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Resource Repository

Recommended websites, downloads, and videos from reliable sources.

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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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Our experts answer your literacy-related questions.

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Learning Literacy Glossary

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

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