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Home-to-School Connections Guide

December 26, 2012 10:13:58 AM

This classroom resource guide highlights solutions for connecting home and school in order to improve student learning and success. Whether you're a teacher, parent, or district administrator, this guide provides you with relevant and valuable tools and resources for how best to strengthen the bonds between schools, families, and communities for student learning and success.

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Parent Guide to IDEA

December 26, 2012 10:04:49 AM

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the key federal education law that serves students with LD. Being informed will help you support your child’s learning needs and advocate for his or her success. This guide takes you through the special education process — a process that is the same regardless of your child’s particular difficulties or disabilities. Along the way, special emphasis is placed on the category of specific learning disability — only one of the thirteen disability categories defined by IDEA. Throughout this guide you will find personal stories that relate the experiences of parents like you, terms to know, and practical tools such as checklists, sample letters, and questions to ask.

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The Dyslexia Toolkit

December 26, 2012 9:59:51 AM

This guide for parents provides basic information about dyslexia, common warning signs, and information on how to support your child with dyslexia at home and at school, using audio books and digital books, and accommodating students with dyslexia

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Parent Guide to RTI

December 26, 2012 9:53:55 AM

This guide for parents provides basic information about Response to Intervention (RTI), an example of the three-tier model, progress monitoring, RTI and special education evaluation and eligibility, RTI in action, and questions parents should ask.

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Extensive Reading Interventions in Grades K-3

December 26, 2012 9:43:17 AM

This synthesis of research on K-3 reading interventions presents findings from 12 studies that focused on students with reading difficulties who received supplementary reading interventions for at least 100 sessions. The summaries of the studies are followed by suggested implications for practice.

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Building the Foundation: A Suggested Progression of Sub-skills to Achieve the Reading Standards: Foundational Skills in the Common Core State Standards

November 11, 2012 5:39:04 PM

This document contains five sections, each targeting one grade level in: Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition, and Fluency. It also includes instructional examples aligned to the sub-skills, giving teachers samples of activity types that facilitate acquisition of the sub-skills. Each chart includes up to three grade levels to inform instruction for students who are either struggling and need extra support or intervention, or for students performing above grade-level expectations and require enrichment, to allow a teacher to see which skills should have been mastered in the previous year and what students are preparing for in the upcoming years.

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Why Teach Spelling?

April 27, 2012 9:00:12 AM

This resource is a compilation of three documents that support the teaching of spelling in today's schools: a discussion of "Why Spelling Instruction Matters," a checklist for evaluating a spelling program, and tables of Common Core State Standards that are linked to spelling instruction.

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Student Center Activities Aligned to the Common Core State Standards

April 27, 2012 8:57:06 AM

This publication helps educators create differentiated reading instruction experiences for their students by showing the relationship between two distinct resources: Student Center Activities (SCAs), created by the Florida Center for Reading Research for K–5 classroom teachers as differentiated reading activities for use in small student groups, and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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Using Instructional Routines to Differentiate Instruction: A Guide for Teachers

April 27, 2012 8:51:22 AM

This publication helps educators plan differentiated instruction using 72 formatted activities called Instructional Routines, which provide a structure for teaching specific foundational reading skills.

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Intensive Interventions for Students Struggling in Reading and Mathematics

April 27, 2012 8:47:08 AM

This publication provides research-based guidance that reflects "best practices" for intensifying instruction in reading and mathematics for students with significant learning difficulties in K-12, including students with disabilities.

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Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheets for Principals, Teachers, and Parents

December 18, 2011 10:25:05 PM

Parent–teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family involvement in children's education. These three tip sheets for principals, teachers, and parents can help ensure that conferences achieve their maximum potential. Designed to be used as a set, the tip sheets combine consistent information with targeted suggestions, so that parents and educators enter conferences with shared expectations and increased ability to work together to improve children's educational outcomes.

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A Comprehensive K-3 Reading Assessment Plan: Guidance for School Leaders

December 18, 2011 10:21:22 PM

This guide provides valuable information for school leaders as they develop a comprehensive assessment plan as a critical element for preventing reading difficulties. The general principles outlined in this document, such as the early identification of students who are struggling in learning to read, are all based on scientific findings, but the detailed recommendations for implementation derived from practical experiences in helping many school leaders implement successful plans.

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Milestone Moments: Learn the Signs. Act Early.

August 18, 2011 6:11:56 AM

This booklet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides parents with a checklist of key cognitive and physical milestones from 6 months to 4 years, ways to help your child learn and grow, and what to do if you're concerned about a developmental delay.

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Educator's Guide: Identifying What Works for Struggling Readers

February 04, 2011 6:57:40 AM

This report published on the Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) website provides an extensive review of the research on the outcomes of 27 early childhood programs. Six of the programs produced strong evidence of effectiveness in language, literacy, and/or phonological awareness. All of the effective programs had explicit academic content, a balance of teacher-led and child-initiated activity, and significant training and follow-up support. Developed by Johns Hopkins University, Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education.

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Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades

February 04, 2011 6:54:59 AM

The target audience for this guide is a broad spectrum of school practitioners such as administrators, curriculum specialists, coaches, staff development specialists and teachers who face the challenge of providing effective literacy instruction for English language learners in the elementary grades. The guide also aims to reach district-level administrators who develop practice and policy options for their schools. Developed by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades

February 04, 2011 6:49:45 AM

This guide offers five specific recommendations to help educators identify struggling readers and implement evidence-based strategies to promote their reading achievement. Teachers and reading specialists can utilize these strategies to implement RtI and multi-tier intervention methods and frameworks at the classroom or school level. Recommendations cover how to screen students for reading problems, design a multi-tier intervention program, adjust instruction to help struggling readers, and monitor student progress. Developed by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making

February 04, 2011 6:44:19 AM

This guide offers five recommendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students' academic progress and evaluate instructional practices. The guide recommends that schools set a clear vision for schoolwide data use, develop a data-driven culture, and make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. The guide also recommends teaching students how to use their own data to set learning goals. Developed by the Department of Education.

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Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade

February 04, 2010 6:26:22 AM

Students who read with understanding at an early age gain access to a broader range of texts, knowledge, and educational opportunities, making early reading comprehension instruction particularly critical. This guide recommends five specific steps that teachers, reading coaches, and principals can take to successfully improve reading comprehension for young readers. Developed by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Dad's Playbook

McTester

March 20, 2009 3:10:57 PM

By taking the time to read to and with their children, fathers can play an important role in helping children learn to read. Dad's Playbook tells the stories of 20 dads from different walks of life who are giving their kids the best shot at a bright future by helping them learn to read. This publication also teaches dads about the five skills children need to be readers by third grade and helps dads incorporate reading into everyday activities.

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Shining Stars

Forums

August 27, 2008 3:27:57 PM

Parents are a child's first and most important teacher. This series of booklets gives parents easy-to-adapt ideas on how to help their young child get ready to read. Each booklet includes a story that models effective ways to introduce books and reading to a young child, suggested activities, and a checklist to guide parents as they think about their child's reading skills.

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