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Through its Center for Literacy, Learning Point Associates provides resources to improve the reading achievement of all students. The following products are a result of the Learning Point Associates work to enhance literacy.

Image of A Closer Look at the Five Essential Components of Effective Reading Instruction: A Review of  Scientifically Based Reading  Research for Teachers A Closer Look at the Five Essential Components of Effective Reading Instruction: A Review of Scientifically Based Reading Research for Teachers
This document focuses on instructional programs and aligned materials that emphasize the five essential components of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

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Image of Adolescent Literacy Intervention Programs: Chart and Program Review Guide Adolescent Literacy Intervention Programs: Chart and Program Review Guide
It is increasingly clear that targeting beginning readers is not enough to ensure that students will have access to advanced education and will become economically successful citizens who fulfill their obligations for social and civic participation...

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Image of Connecting Research About English Language Learners to Practice: An Introductory Guide for Educators Connecting Research About English Language Learners to Practice: An Introductory Guide for Educators
Provides an overview of key research findings, highlights federal policies related to English language learners, outlines district- and school-level action opportunities, and lists resources.

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26 pages
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Image of Culturally Responsive Instruction: Promoting Literacy in Secondary Content  Areas Culturally Responsive Instruction: Promoting Literacy in Secondary Content Areas
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how secondary teachers implement culturally responsive literacy instruction in their content areas.

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Image of Differentiation Through Flexible Grouping: Successfully Reaching All Readers Differentiation Through Flexible Grouping: Successfully Reaching All Readers
No one grouping pattern inherently is bad, but the exclusive use of one grouping pattern often leads to problems in the classroom. In the past, the overuse of homogenous small groups often meant that many readers never had access to the same quality of in

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Image of Educating Preservice Teachers: The State of Affairs Educating Preservice Teachers: The State of Affairs
By providing empirical research to answer questions related to preservice teacher education in the field, the educational community will realize that developing effective teachers is a multidimensional, ongoing, and engaging process. The core component of

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73 pages
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Image of Everything Secondary Administrators Need to Know, but Are Afraid to Ask: Understanding Pragmatic Adolescent Literacy Planning Everything Secondary Administrators Need to Know, but Are Afraid to Ask: Understanding Pragmatic Adolescent Literacy Planning
It is clear that getting third graders to read at grade level is an important and challenging task—and one that needs ongoing attention. But many excellent third-grade readers will falter or fail in later-grade academic tasks if the teaching of reading is

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21 pages
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Image of From Struggle to Success: One High School From Struggle to Success: One High School's Journey to Literacy Achievement
By hiring an administration that asked the tough data questions, developing and implementing a long-term professional development plan that focused on building a knowledge base upon reading instruction, modeling effective instructional strategies, and pla

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Image of Improving Adequate Yearly Progress for English Language Learners Improving Adequate Yearly Progress for English Language Learners
Specific issues related to AYP and ELL students that warrant attention as well as key characteristics of effective instructional programs.

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9 pages
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Image of Integrated Vocabulary Instruction: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Grades K-5 Integrated Vocabulary Instruction: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Grades K-5
The goal of this document is to provide the information that teachers and other colleagues in school need to implement an integrated and comprehensive approach to vocabulary instruction. By integrated, it is meant that vocabulary is a core...

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33 pages
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Image of Is Your School Fit for Literacy? 10 Areas of Action for Principals Is Your School Fit for Literacy? 10 Areas of Action for Principals
Ten ways to review your school's level of literacy fitness. Use the lists to check the status of your current knowledge and activity.

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Image of Moving Beyond the Obvious: Examining Our Thinking About Linguistically Diverse Students Moving Beyond the Obvious: Examining Our Thinking About Linguistically Diverse Students
A very brief theoretical framework for thinking about content-area literacy instruction for ELLs. What do effective teachers of linguistically diverse students know and do? This question is answered in five parts.

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20 pages
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Image of Professional Development for Teachers of Reading Professional Development for Teachers of Reading
Scores of programs, plans, and policies intended to improve reading, teaching, and learning are surfacing. This paper will address the professional development of educators in the area of reading and make recommendations based on the findings.

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67 pages
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Image of Quick Key  1 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Reading Quick Key 1 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Reading
The purpose of this Quick Key is to help educators in schools and districts understand the basics of what No Child Left Behind (NCLB) means for their reading programs. While NCLB reading programs focus primarily on prekindergarten through...

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8 pages
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Image of Quick Key  5 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: English Proficiency Quick Key 5 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: English Proficiency
What defines a highly qualified teacher of LEP students? What is required of LEP students and who is accountable? How is progress of all students ensured? When and how is English language proficiency assessed? All of these questions, and many more...

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Image of Quick Key 10 Action Guide - Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: Using Student Engagement to Improve Adolescent Literacy Quick Key 10 Action Guide - Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: Using Student Engagement to Improve Adolescent Literacy
Reading and writing touch practically every aspect of our lives. Yet so many middle school and high school students struggle with reading and writing skills. Until recently, federal attention was focused primarily on literacy in the early grades but ...

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20 pages
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Image of Reading First - Instructional Leadership for Principals Reading First - Instructional Leadership for Principals
This booklet is designed for principals who are implementing the Reading First initiative in their schools. It is based in part on the information presented in the Reading First Subgrant Technical Assistance website.

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38 pages
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Image of Reading First - Professional Development for Teachers and Principals Reading First - Professional Development for Teachers and Principals
This booklet provides details on professional development for effectively implementing the Reading First initiative. It is based in part on the information presented in the Reading First Subgrant Technical Assistance website.

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38 pages
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Image of Reading First Literacy Coaching: A Guide for Coaches and Reading First Leaders Reading First Literacy Coaching: A Guide for Coaches and Reading First Leaders
This resource has been designed to assist Reading First literacy coaches in their professional growth and to provide information on the roles played by literacy coaches.

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36 pages
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Image of Reading: Birth to Age 5 Reading: Birth to Age 5
Teachers and parents alike will find Reading: Birth to Age 5 a beneficial resource for understanding literacy development in pre-kindergarten-aged children. This book provides an introduction to milestones of literacy development. Teachers can provide...

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27 pages
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Image of Reading: Birth to Age 5 (Spanish Edition) Reading: Birth to Age 5 (Spanish Edition)
Teachers and parents alike will find Reading: Birth to Age 5 a beneficial resource for understanding literacy development in pre-kindergarten-aged children. This book provides an introduction to milestones of literacy development. Teachers can provide...

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Image of Seeing Themselves as Capable and Engaged Readers: Adolescents and Re/Mediated Instruction Seeing Themselves as Capable and Engaged Readers: Adolescents and Re/Mediated Instruction
This paper explores how to engage adolescent students so they see themselves as capable readers who become engaged in the materials.

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22 pages
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Image of Stepping Stones to Evaluating Your Own School Literacy Program Stepping Stones to Evaluating Your Own School Literacy Program
A tool for elementary school improvement teams to evaluate and strengthen their reading programs. Each Stepping Stone is a guided activity to stimulate reflection and guide systematic inquiry. It is a collaborative, active research approach to...

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72 pages
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Image of Ten Years of Research On Adolescent Literacy, 1994–2004: A Review. Ten Years of Research On Adolescent Literacy, 1994–2004: A Review.
The review focuses on the multiple variables that impact the literacy development of adolescents, divided into four broad categories: developmental variables; social, cultural, and linguistic variables; instructional and assessment variables; and...

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33 pages
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Image of Using Multiple Texts to Teach Content Using Multiple Texts to Teach Content
We are all, daily, bombarded with multiple messages (texts, broadly defined)—in the news, over the Internet, in our workplaces and during leisure activities. Often, these multiple messages are contradictory and confusing. Take for instance, the contr...

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16 pages
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Image of Using Technology to Improve the Literacy Skills of Students With Disabilities Using Technology to Improve the Literacy Skills of Students With Disabilities
This is a summary of best practices in using technology to improve the literacy skills of students receiving special education services.

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21 pages
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Image of Using Young-Adult Literature to Enhance Comprehension in the Content Areas Using Young-Adult Literature to Enhance Comprehension in the Content Areas
We find ourselves in Kenneth Sharp's senior economics class at Sunrise High School on a Wednesday morning. Students are immersed in a simulation aimed at helping them understand the concept of opportunity cost in a shifting, global landscape. (In eco...

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