Support the systems-level coordination of schoolwide reading efforts designed to meet the needs of all learners, including students with or at risk for literacy-related outcomes.

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

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

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.

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.

Class Reading

This toolkit helps parents and educators learn about dyslexia and how to support the literacy development of students with dyslexia.

The Alphabetic Principle: From Phonological Awareness to Reading Words Inforgraphic

The alphabetic principle is a critical skill that involves connecting letters with their sounds to read and write. Learning and applying the alphabetic principle takes time and is difficult for most children. Explicit phonics instruction and extensive practice are important when teaching children to learn the alphabetic principle.

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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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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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California Department of Education

This webpage links to California's state resources for implementing the CCSS literacy standards.

Topic: Advocacy, Professional Development

REL Midwest

Watch this video to learn what "evidence-based" means according to the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Topic: Evidence-based

Doing What Works

Dr. Tilly traces some of the major changes that have occurred in special education practice in Iowa as a result of RtI implementation.

Topic: General Literacy

Phonological Awareness

Definition

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