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Elizabeth
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Room to Read

Post by Elizabeth » Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:13 am

Room to Read is a charity that seeks to improve literacy around the world. It is based in the USA. They build libraries, develop and publish books and train teachers.

This is from their website at http://www.roomtoread.org .
http://www.roomtoread.org/TeacherTraining
Room to Read’s Literacy Program provides early grade teachers with professional development and in-class coaching to make sure they have the knowledge and tools to successfully support their students. The phonics-based instructional design that we provide helps children learn to decode sounds and words in a logical sequence and build confidence in their budding skills.

We focus on helping first and second grade children “crack the code”, meaning that they can read and write familiar words and basic sentences with full comprehension, and express themselves clearly. Those skills provide the foundation for success as they continue in school.

Our Literacy Program focuses on five main areas: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. We encourage teachers to incorporate all five elements into every lesson and to perform continuous informal assessments to track student progress.
Does anyone have experience of Room to Read? In particular, I am looking for details of the training they provide to teach children to read and write, in order to compare their their training with systematic synthetic phonics training.
Elizabeth

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Re: Room to Read

Post by kenm » Sat Oct 03, 2015 2:37 pm

Elizabeth wrote:Room to Read is a charity that seeks to improve literacy around the world. It is based in the USA. They build libraries, develop and publish books and train teachers.
Here is a very favourable view of it, apparently independent.
Caty Weaver wrote:Almost 800 million people in the world are illiterate, meaning they cannot read and write. Most are in developing countries and more that 65 percent of them are female.

A former official with the Microsoft company is helping to lower those numbers. John Wood has opened 1,650 schools and 15,000 libraries in some of the world's poorest communities.
"... the innovator has as enemies all those who have done well under the old regime, and only lukewarm allies among those who may do well under the new." Niccolo Macchiavelli, "The Prince", Chapter 6

Elizabeth
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Re: Room to Read

Post by Elizabeth » Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:59 pm

Thank you Ken - very useful.
Elizabeth

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