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In addition to the articles in their quarterly Perspective on Language and Literacy, the National Dyslexia Association (IDA) offers a list of valuable research-based resources on the teaching of reading.
- Becoming a Professional Reading Teacher, P. C. Aaron, R. Malatesha Joshi & Diana Quatroche; Paul H. Brookes, 2008. An extremely useful textbook on teaching reading. Provides teachers with a thorough grounding in research.
- Direct Instruction Reading (5th ed.), Douglas W. Carnine, Jerry Silbert, Edwards J. Kame’enui & Sara C. Tarver; Merrill, 2009. Textbook on teaching reading. Provides explicit discussion of how to teach important components of reading, and how to implement a comprehensive reading program in general as well as special education. Teaching scripts and application exercises at the end of each chapter.
- Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, Judith R. Birsh; Paul H. Brookes, 2005. Excellently edited book; chapters written by recognized experts in different areas. Includes not only the important components of reading, but also handwriting, composition, study skills and math. Focuses on multisensory strategies for teaching dyslexic and other learning challenged students.
- Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers (2nd ed.), Louisa Cook Moats; Paul H. Brookes, 2010. A definitive resource. Provides educators with a comprehensive understanding of language structure at all levels: phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Includes helpful case studies, sample lesson plans, word lists and developmental spelling inventories.
- Teaching Reading Sourcebook for Kindergarten Through Eighth Grade (2nd ed.), Bill Honig, Linda Diamond & Linda Gutlohn; Arena Press, 2008. Another excellent and comprehensive resource. How to teach the important components of reading, oriented primarily toward general educators. Especially readable for beginning-level teacher candidates.
- Center on Instruction (www.centeroninstruction.org). A Web site that provides extensive, up-to-date, research-based information that is very useful to practitioners. In addition to the area of reading, covers special education, English language learning, mathematics and science.
- Florida Center for Reading Research (www.fcrr.org). A research and technical assistance center that offers resources for conducting scientifically based instruction. Includes reading program and assessment reviews. Useful instruction information for preschool through 12th grade.
- The Iris Center, Vanderbilt University (http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/). Especially valuable Web resource for research-based information about implementation of RTI. Reading and other domains are covered. Contains numerous online interactive tutorials and modules.
- National Council on Teacher Quality (www.nctq.org). Research and advocacy group; focuses on effective teaching. Web site provides evaluations of teacher preparation programs in several states. Detailed information on individual university programs and textbooks.
- Phonetics Flash Animation project, The University of Iowa (www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/). Web site containing video-audio animated phonemes in English, German, and Spanish allowing users to hear and see the correct speech sound production of all phonemes.
- Reading Rockets (www.readingrockets.org). Particularly user-friendly, easy to understand Web site. Provides much research-based information for both teachers and parents. Includes multimedia resources such as videos and podcasts.
- Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts, University of Texas at Austin (http://www.meadowscenter.org/vgc/) In conjunction with the affiliated, multidisciplinary Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, this Web site contains a wide range of detailed information on reading research and practice. Includes numerous research-based resources for progress monitoring, diagnosis and intervention.
For much more great information about such matters, you should join the International Dyslexia Association.
You’ll receive their quarterly newsletter as well as the online annual, Annals of Dyslexia. Membership benefits also include an online Journal of Reading and Writing, members-only discounts at national and local conferences, IDA publication discounts, a professional referral for service database, and the opportunity to attend and participate in IDA’s prestigious and influential yearly conference.
Visit http://www.interdys.org and click “Join IDA;” or call 1-800-ABCD123, ext. 405.
Note: This year’s conference — its 62nd — is in Chicago, November 9-12, 2010.
tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.