Literacy for ME: Toolkit

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Foundational Research

Literacy Journal Database

This website contains a literacy journal database, complete with active links to major publications. Stakeholders can access multiple journals at once on a variety of topics.

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Repository

Website, Text/HTML, Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Family literacy educator, Higher Education , Librarian, Business

 Pre-K-Grade 5

Foundational Research

The 6 T’s of Effective Elementary Literacy Instruction (Allington, Richard)

In this research article, Richard Allington describes effective literacy instruction for elementary age students. He outlines the 6 T’s of effective instruction: Time, texts, teach, talk, tasks, and test.

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Training material

Document

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School board

Pre-K- Grade 12

Foundational Research

Best Practice for RTI: Differentiated Reading Instruction for All Students (Tier 1)

This article describes the best practices for RtI, specifically Tier One interventions. It also describes how to implement the suggested best practices.

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Training material, Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, School administrators, District administrators, School board

Pre-K-Grade 12

Foundational Research

Differentiated Instruction for Reading

The concept of differentiation is complex. This publication discusses the basic concept of differentiation and describes its implementation and use specific to reading instruction.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, School administrators, Parents or family members, District administrators, School board, Early childhood educator or advocate

Pre-K-Grade 12

Foundational Research

Differentiated Instruction for Writing

The concept of differentiation is complex. This publication discusses the basic concept of differentiation through the lens of writing instruction. It discusses specific strategies and uses relevant to the writing process.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, School board, Early childhood educator or advocate

All

Foundational Research

What is Differentiated Instruction (Tomlinson, Carol Ann)

This publication examines differentiation using four classroom elements: content, process, product, and learning environment. Tomlinson provides a clear explanation of a complex topic.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Early childhood educator or advocate

Grades 4-12

Foundational Research

Academic Literacy Instruction for Adolescents

This comprehensive document is divided into three informative sections: Improving Academic Literacy Instruction for Grades 4-12, Advice from Experts on Academic Literacy, and Examples of State Activities to Support Literacy Instruction.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, School board, Community members, Adult educator, Librarian

All

Foundational Research

A Review of Research on Adult Literacy

This thorough review of research covers several aspects of adult literacy. This includes reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and other special topics such as ESL education. There is a strong focus on reading research in this review.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Adult educator, Parents or family members, Community members

Birth-Age 5

Foundational Research

Supporting Emergent Literacy Skills in Early Childhood

This website contains feature videos on varied topics, downloadable resources and activities, and relevant research on early childhood literacy.

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Organization or program

Video, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Parents or family members, Classroom educators, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator

Birth-Age 6

Foundational Research

Developing Early Literacy

This report, generated by the National Early Literacy Panel, explores various impacts on early literacy skills. These impacts include thing like home programs, parental support, interventions, and pre-school experiences.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, District administrators, School administrators, Parents or family members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Librarian

Birth-5

Foundational Research

U.S. Department of Education: Doing What Works

This website contains the most current research and resources for early childhood literacy that have been peer reviewed and proven to work in the field.

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Organization or program, Repository

Website

Elementary K-2, Early childhood PK

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Birth-5

Foundational Research

Intercultural Development Research Association

This statement focuses on the early literacy development of English Language Learners. There are recommendations for best practices and research topics listed.

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Article or Research Brief

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

All

Foundational Research

ME DOE Program Guide for ELL

The Maine Department of Education provides resources—including bulletins, guides, and monthly digests pertaining to the instruction of English Language Learners in the state.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Early childhood PK, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, School board, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Family literacy educator, Librarian

All

Foundational Research

Response to Instruction and Intervention Research

This article explores RtI as a whole and as a sum of its parts. It outlines pertinent research and gives readers a clear overview.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, School board, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Family literacy educator, Librarian

Pre-K – Grade 5

Foundational Research

Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement

The Center for Improvement of Early Reading Achievement provides resources, research reports, and policy briefs pertaining to early literacy and useful for professional development.

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Article or Research Brief

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, School administrators, District administrators, School board, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator

Ages 3-5

Foundational Research

Doing What Works: Preschool Language and Literacy

Doing What Works is a research clearinghouse for literacy resources. This particular link addresses preschool language and literacy. Stakeholders interested in older age groups can explore the site for additional resources.

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Repository, Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, School administrators, District administrators, School board, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Parents or family members

Grades K-3

Foundational Research

Doing What Works: Improving K-3 Reading Comprehension

Doing What Works is a research clearinghouse for literacy resources. This link addresses improving reading comprehension for students in kindergarten to grade 3. This information could also be used for struggling learners in older grades reading at this level.

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Repository, Organization or program

Website

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5

Classroom educators, School administrators, District administrators, School board, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Parents or family members

Grades K-5

Foundational Research

Doing What Works: Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 English Learners

English Language Learners require special consideration when addressing literacy instruction. The Doing What Works website also addresses these needs for students in Grades K-5.

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Organization or program, Repository

Website

Elementary K-2, Early childhood PK, Elementary 3-5

Classroom educators, School administrators, District administrators, School board, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Parents or family members

Birth- Age 3

Learning Guidelines: Early Childhood

Early Learning Guidelines

This policy document, distributed by Zero to Three, outlines the developmental phases for early childhood and gives recommendations to develop Early Learning Guidelines.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK

Classroom educators, School administrators, District administrators, School board, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Parents or family members

All

Foundational Research

Adult and Family Literacy

This website offers links to programs, standards, and state policies, and a directory of adult education opportunities.

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Organization or program

Website

Adult Education

Adult educator, Community members, Business, Parents or family members

Adult

Foundational Research

Adult Education and Literacy Act

This site presents links to FY2012-13 AEFLA Grant information, program standards and testing protocols, and National Reporting system (NRS) guidelines.

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Organization or program

Website

Adult Education

Adult educator, Community members, Business

Grades 6-12

Foundational Research

Doing What Works: Improving Adolescent Literacy

As students progress into middle and high school, there are additional concerns to address with literacy instruction. Doing What Works provides interested stakeholders with current research and methods to use with adolescent learners to improve literacy skills.

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Organization or program, Repository

Website, Document

Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, School board, Community members

Adult

Foundational Research

State of Maine Adult Education Homepage

This is the home page is dedicated to providing information on several different areas related to adult education in Maine.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Adult Education

Adult educator, Parents or family members, Community members, Business

Birth-Age 5

Foundational Research

What Works Clearinghouse

This US Dept of Education website contains the most current research and resources related to early childhood education.  Several sources are peer reviewed proven strategies.

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Repository, Article or Research Brief

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Adult

Foundational Research

Adult Learning Curriculum

This site provides links to adult learning curricula for Maine learners. This site includes information on English language arts, mathematics, and college and career preparation.

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Curriculum standard

Website

Adult Education

Adult educator

Grade K-Adult

Using Texts: Lexile Levels

The Lexile Framework for Reading

The Lexile framework website is maintained by MetaMetrics. This site contains information about using Lexile levels, research, and the connection to the Common Core State Standards.

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Organization or program, Application or tool

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian

Grade K- Adult

Using Texts: Lexile Levels

Lexile Analyzer: Tools to Determine Lexile Levels

This link is part of the larger Lexile website. This particular tool allows users to analyze a piece of text. A professional service is also available to analyze text excerpts longer than 1000 words.

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Organization or program, Application or tool

Interactive, Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian

Grade K- Adult

Using Texts: Lexile Levels

Find the Right Book Tool

This website allows users to search for specific texts in two ways:  by Lexile level and based on the grade level and general ability of the student(s).

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Organization or program, Application or tool

Website, Interactive

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian

Grade K- Adult

Using Texts: Lexile Levels

Lexile Levels Made Easy: A Parent’s Guide

Many schools are now implementing the use of Lexile levels to assign books to students. This is important information, specifically for parents. This article is an accessible guide to understanding Lexile levels and what the scores indicate about a student’s ability.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Text/HTML, Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian

Grade K- Adult

Using Texts: Text Complexity

Common Core Standards and Text Complexity

This brief statement describes how the Common Core State Standards connect to the use of text complexity, specifically increasing it over time to provide appropriate challenges for students.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian

Grade K- Adult

Using Texts: Text Complexity

A Discussion of Text Complexity

Organizations and researchers from three states combined their talents to produce this research article about text complexity. It includes a description of the key factors that influence text complexity.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator

All

Universal Design for Learning: Explaining UDL

What is Universal Design for Learning? 

This website, maintained by the National Center on Universal Design for Learning, outlines the basic concept of UDL, provides research, and printable materials to inform a variety of stakeholders.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator

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Universal Design for Learning: Explaining UDL

What is it? Resources

This online resource includes a brief description of Universal Design for Learning and a thorough list of links and resources. This includes toolkits, articles, national centers and more. When accessing this link, users will be directly connected to the middle of the webpage, where the resources can easily be found.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator

All

Universal Design for Learning: Using & Implementing UDL

Toolkit on Universal Design for Learning

This online toolkit for Universal Design for Learning is created and maintained by the U.S. Department of Education. It includes links on instruction, assessment, and officially funded centers for locating additional support.

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Application or tool

Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator

All

Universal Design for Learning: Using & Implementing UDL

A Checklist for Inclusive Teaching

This checklist describes the goals and the process of UDI, and then provides a useable tool to determine the use of practices. Stakeholders can use the checklist to track their use of recommended practices.

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Application or tool

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator

All

Using Technology and Online Resources : Evaluating and Using

Common Sense Media Curriculum (with activities)

Using technology can be beneficial if students know how to evaluate online resources. Cyber Smart curriculum provides resources, links, and activities for teachers, schools, and communities to use to develop “Cyber Sense” with users.

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Organization or program, Training material

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator

All

Using Technology and Online Resources : Evaluating and Using

Tips for Evaluating Resources

This is another website devoted to using online resources safely and effectively. It provides a number of tips for how to evaluate online resources.

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Organization or program, Training material, Article or Research Brief

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator

All

Using Technology and Online Resources : Evaluating and Using

Evaluating Internet Resources

This user-friendly website outlines the importance of evaluating internet resources. This site could be used with secondary students. Imbedded links offer additional information to users.

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Organization or program, Training material, Article or Research Brief

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator

Grades 6-Adult

Using Technology and Online Resources : Evaluating and Using

Checklist for Evaluating Web Resources

The University of Southern Maine created and hosts a checklist for evaluating web-based resources. This list includes items related to authority, scope, format and presentation, and more. This tool can be used by a variety of stakeholders, including secondary students.

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Application or tool

Text/HTML

Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator, Business

All

Using Technology to Enhance Literacy Instruction

Connecting the Dots: Literacy of the 21st Century

Literacy today differs from years ago. This article describes the rise of multimedia resources and the need for all citizens to be literate by today’s standards. This publication focuses on the shifts from literacy past to literacy present, with a specific emphasis on technology.

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Article or Research Brief

Website, Document, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator

All

Using Technology to Enhance Literacy Instruction

Writing Re-Launched: Teaching with Digital Tools

This article highlights the work of teachers who implemented technology into their writing instruction. It describes the aspects of writing instruction and how technology can support increased engagement, collaboration, and learning.

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Article or Research Brief

Text/HTML, Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator

All

Using Technology to Enhance Literacy Instruction

Emerging Reading and Writing Strategies Using Technology

The Council for Exceptional Children released this document describing how technology can support reading and writing instruction. The article highlights the use of the internet, electronic tools, and how traditional methods can be enhanced by the use of technology.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator, District administrators, School board

Grades K-12

Response to Instruction & Intervention: Understanding the Model

Tiered Instruction and Intervention in a Response to Intervention Model

This website describes the Response to Intervention model and discusses tiered interventions. It also devotes a section to family involvement and the importance of engaging parents throughout the process.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator, District administrators, School board

Grades K-12

Response to Instruction & Intervention: Understanding the Model

A Parent’s Guide to RtI

The National Center for Learning Disabilities released a parent’s guide to Response to Intervention. This website provides an overview of the guide and a direct link to access the full document.

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Organization or program, Training material, Article or Research Brief

Text/HTML, Website, Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Librarian, School administrators, Adult educator

Grades K-12

Response to Instruction & Intervention: Understanding the Model

Schools, Families, and Response to Intervention

This link describes how schools and families can work together productively to support students in all tiers of Response to Instruction and Intervention.

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Article or Research Brief

Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Community members

Grades K-12

Response to Instruction & Intervention: Resources for Implementation

Maine Department of Education: Response to Instruction Website

The Maine Department of Education Response to Intervention website hosts resources, events, and links of interest. Interested users can find additional information, including contacts, on this page.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Librarian, Parents or family members

Grades K-12

Response to Instruction & Intervention: Resources for Implementation

Exploring and Adopting RtI

The National Center on Response to Intervention provides guidance for stakeholders interested in exploring and adopting the RtI model. The site includes webinars, pertinent research, and resources.

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Article or Research Brief

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Librarian, Parents or family members

Grades K-12

Response to Instruction & Intervention: Resources for Implementation

Indicators for School Readiness to Adopt RtI: A Self Assessment Tool

This self-assessment tool guides schools through the process of evaluating their readiness to implement Response to Instruction and Intervention. This evaluation tool can be printed and used in a variety of settings.

(PDF saved on computer)

Application or tool

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, School administrators, District administrators

Grades K-12

Response to Instruction & Intervention: Evaluating Response to Intervention

Comprehensive Evaluation Tool

This comprehensive evaluation tool assists administrators and school leaders in determining what elements of RtI are in place and which areas need additional support. The tool examines areas such as leadership, instruction etc.

(Saved on computer)

Application or tool

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Early childhood PK, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, School administrators, District administrators

Birth-Age 5

Resources for Implementation

Center for Early Literacy & Learning

The Center for Early Literacy and Learning provides a range of resources for parents, teachers, and other practitioners. The site includes video, print, and online tools to support literacy instruction.

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Organization or program, Application or tool

Text/HTML, Website, Document, Audio, Video, Website, Interactive

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Librarian, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Birth-Age 5

Resources for Implementation

PBS Resource for Fostering the Development of Language Skills & Emergent Literacy

Public Broadcasting System developed a website for language development and emergent literacy. Video clips, interactive activities, and suggested readings are included on the site for parents and practitioners.

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Organization or program, Application or tool

Text/HTML, Website, Document, Audio, Video, Website, Interactive

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Librarian, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Birth-Age 5

Resources for Implementation

Read-Write-Think: Chatting About Books

This podcast discusses how to chat about books with young children. Additional links and suggestions are provided for those interested in exploring the topic in more depth.

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Application or tool

Audio

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Librarian, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Birth – Pre-K

Resources for Implementation

Promoting Literacy in Early Childhood

This website includes book suggestions, resources, and tools for helping young children to engage in learning and early literacy.

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Organization or program, Application or tool

Website, Video, Audio

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Librarian, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Ages 3-5

Resources for Implementation

PBS: Between the Lions: Interactive Literacy Games

PBS Kids provides interactive games for children to play on the computer, as well as resources for parents and teachers to promote early literacy.

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Organization or program

Website, Interactive, Video, Audio

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Librarian, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

All

Resources for Implementation

PBS Parent Resources

This PBS page provides a variety of literacy resources for parents. These include how to choose a book, reading tips, and more.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Lifelong

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Librarian, Family literacy educator

All

Resources for Implementation

PBS Teacher Resources

The PBS teacher website includes professional development resources, tools, and lesson plans.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Family literacy educator

Birth-Age 5

Resources for Implementation

St. Paul Public Library-Early Literacy

The St. Paul Public Library provides activities, games, and resources to enhance early literacy skills. These are accessible and easy to understand.

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Organization or program

Website, Interactive, Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Librarian, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Birth-Age 5

Resources for Implementation

Head Start

The Head Start website provides resources for school readiness, research and reporting, and training.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Librarian, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Adult

Resources for Implementation

California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project

This website contains resources for online and in-person training for teachers of adult learning.

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Organization or program, Training material

Website, Document, Audio, Interactive

Adult Education

Adult educator

Adult

Resources for Implementation

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition

This site provides resources and research for adult ESL practitioners.

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Organization or program

Website

Adult Education

Adult educator

All

Foundational Research

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

This website includes resources for lesson plans, research, grants, and other information for ELA teachers.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, School administrators, Adult educator, Family literacy educator, Librarian

All

Resources for Implementation

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

This is a collection of government websites for reading, writing, and other language development.

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Repository

Website

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Family literacy educator

All

Resources for Implementation

LD Online: Learning Disability Resources

This website provides research, articles, and developmental guides for issues with speech and language, ELL, reading and writing and spelling.

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Organization or program

Website, Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members

Grades K-12

Resources for Implementation

National Geographic Online

National Geographic provides science based resources on vocabulary, geo-literacy, lesson plans and more.

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Organization or program, Application or tool

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Adult educator

Grades K-12

Resources for Implementation

Read Across America

The National Education Associate website hosts literacy resources, research, and grant opportunities. This specific link connects to information on available grants.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, School board, Adult educator, Librarian

Birth-Age 6

Resources for Implementation

Literacy Center Resources

This site hosts research, tools, and resources for early childhood literacy development.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief, Application or tool

Website, Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Early childhood educator or advocate

All

Resources for Implementation

Read Write Think

This online resource contains lesson plans, activities, print-outs, strategy guides, games, and podcasts.

Click

Organization or program, Application or tool, Article or Research Brief, Webinar

Website, Video, Audio

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education, Lifelong

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Family literacy educator, Librarian

Grades K-Adult

Resources for Implementation

SEDL: Reading Resources

This website contains reading frameworks, short papers, assignments and literacy related research for teacher use.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief, Curriculum standard

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School staff, School administrators, Adult educator, Librarian

All

Resources for Implementation

Library of Congress: Teacher Resources

The Library of Congress site provides classroom materials (lesson plans, activities), professional development, and  primary texts.

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Repository, Organization or program

Website

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Librarian

All

Resources for Implementation

Reading is Fundamental

The Reading is Fundamental website is dedicated to providing reading resources. These resources include booklists, activities, and parent brochures.

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Organization or program, Repository

Website, Interactive

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members

Grades 9-Adult

Resources for Implementation

Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy

 This website provides professional development and resources related to developing adult literacy skills. Information is provided about learning theory, instruction, writing, and move.

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Organization or program, Application or tool, Training material

Website, Text/HTML

Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, Adult educator, Librarian

Grades K-Adult

Resources for Implementation

Technology Integration

The State of Maine hosts a website dedicated to implementing and using technology in the classroom. This site provides a number of professional development and teaching resources.

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Organization or program, Training material

Website

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, Adult educator, Librarian

Grades 6-Adult

Resources for Implementation

National Writing Project

The National Writing Project hosts a website dedicated to professional development, research based tools, and lesson plans focused on literacy development, specifically writing.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief, Application or tool

Website, Text/HTML

Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, Adult educator, Higher Education , Librarian

Pre-K-Grade 2

Resources for Implementation

State of Maine: Reading First Newsletter

This link connects directly to the State of Maine Reading First newsletters. The archive allows users to search past and present newsletters--focused on developing early literacy.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Pre-K-Grade 2

Resources for Implementation

State of Maine Reading First Resources

This Reading First website provides the supplementary materials to accompany the video, released by the State of Maine. All materials related to the video can be located on this site.

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Organization or program, Application or tool, Training material

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, Early childhood educator or advocate, Librarian

Grades K-12

Resources for Implementation

State of Maine Special Education Resources and References

The Maine Department of Education web page contains a general list of special education resources including general information and a resource kit pertaining to several aspects of education for students with special needs.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, School board

Pre-K - Adult

Foundational Research and Resources

State of Maine Special Populations Literacy Resources

This website contains strategies for addressing the needs and challenges of children and youth who experience educational disruption due to homelessness, foster care placement, in-patient psychiatric facility placement, correctional facility placement and/or high mobility.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, School board

All

Identifying Community Partners

Maine Family Literacy Initiative Website

This website contains a direct link to the Maine Family Literacy Plan, as well as grant opportunities sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Lifelong

Parents or family members, Community members, Classroom educators, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator

Grades 9- Adult

Resources for Implementation

Maine Department of Education Literacy Strategies for Technical and Career Education

This resource links to the Maine DOE web page. It provides literacy strategies and case studies related to Career and Technical education in Maine.

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Organization or program

Website

Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Parents or family members, School administrators, Classroom educators, Adult educator, Business

Adult

Resources for Implementation

Maine ACCESS Workforce Development Handbook

This is the official Maine DOE homepage for career and college transition information for adult learners.

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Organization or program

Website

Adult Education, Secondary 9-12

Community members, Higher Education , Adult educator, Parents or family members

All

Resources for Implementation

Center for Best Practices

Maine DOE site that houses resources related to proficiency based learning. The page includes links to case studies, materials, and videos.

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Organization or program

Website

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Early childhood PK, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

School administrators, District administrators, Classroom educators, Parents or family members

All

Strategies to Support Standards Based Instruction: Accessible Resources

National Center for Learning Disabilities: Age-Related Content

The National Center for Learning Disabilities provides age-related resources for teachers, administrators, and families with students in particular age groups. Stakeholders can search a variety of resources by age group. Ages span from Pre-K through adulthood.

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Organization or program, Repository

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator, Adult educator

Birth-Age 5

Strategies to Support Standards Based Instruction: Accessible Resources

Get Ready to Read! Early & Family Literacy

This site is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on the site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.

Click

Organization or program, Application or tool

Website

Early childhood PK

Early childhood educator or advocate, Community members, Parents or family members

All

Strategies to Support Standards Based Instruction: Accessible Resources

Effective Reading Interventions for Kids with Disabilities

This article outlines effective reading interventions and instructional practices for students with learning disabilities. It discusses the importance of a strong instructional core, as well as specific skills such as reading comprehension.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators

Grades K-8

Strategies to Support Standards Based Instruction: Accessible Resources

Access to Literacy Rich Environments

The Access Center, focused on improving outcomes for students in grades K-8, produced a printable article describing how to create a literacy rich environment. The piece highlights best practices for design and implementation.

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Training material

Document

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Business

Birth-Age 5

Strategies to Support Standards Based Instruction: Accessible Resources

Paths to Literacy: Early Literacy and Students with Multiple Disabilities

This website addresses the specific literacy needs of blind or visually impaired students. It describes a number of challenges faced by these students and provides resources for support.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Birth-Age 5

Strategies to Support Standards Based Instruction: Accessible Resources

Emergent Writing Resources

This is a link from the Paths to Literacy website, specifically focused on developing the emergent writing skills of blind or visually impaired students. Several resources are provided.

Click

Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

K-5

Strategies to Support Standards Based Instruction: Accessible Resources

Accessible Textbooks: A Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

This parent guide addresses the use of textbooks and finding accessible textbooks for students with learning disabilities. The article provides several links to audio texts and other resources.

Click

Training material, Article or Research Brief

Document, Audio

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5

Parents or family members, Community members

All

Strategies to Support Standards Based Instruction: Accessible Resources

Center for Applied Linguistics ELL Resources

This is the Center for Applied Linguistics' main page containing resources, research, and other links for English language education

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Organization or program, Repository

Website, Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Adult educator, Community members, Business, Parents or family members

 

 

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