The International Reading Association is the premier professional teaching organization dedicated to promoting high quality literacy teaching and learning. This organization provides professional resources and opportunities.
IRA:Focus on Adolescent Literacy A range of adolescent literacy issues are available in hard copy and free online versions.
IRA:Focus on Beginning Readers Beginning reading instruction has been a hotly debated topic for a number of years. This site provides wide range of methods for teaching beginning reading.
IRA: Focus on Language and Cultural Diversity Teachers of English Language Learners can use this site to understand how to best serve the needs of their students. Books, articles, and booklists are available through the International Reading Association Web site.
Illinois Reading Council The IRC is a non-profit, local professional organization dedicated to promoting reading and literacy across all age levels.
National Council of Teachers of English is a must for any teacher of Reading and English, from grades 6 and up.
Click here for 2010 ISAT Information from ISBE
Click here for 2010 ISAT Writing Information from ISBE
Master's Degree/Reading Certification Program Research & Professional Organizations
English Course Planning Process
Reading Online is a free journal for K-12 teachers that provides access to articles on the teaching of reading and writing.
National Reading Panel
The summary report of the National Reading Panel describes research and findings on a variety of reading instruction topics.
The program comprises 40 weeks of instruction, 5 days per week, 30 minutes per day. (The timings given for individual activities in the program are generous; most teachers complete the activities in less time)
Click on Teach Program for links to the program contents! Very cool!
ReadingQuest challenges you to think about what students should know or be able to do and, perhaps more importantly, what it looks like when they are engaging the content towards the purpose of that lesson. While designed with social studies in mind, teachers of any content area can find the strategies and the process useful and helpful.
"The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce."...