This site is designed to provide educators, administrators, policymakers and community stakeholders with basic information about the importance of effective reading instruction in the early grades, and focuses on the steps schools might take to ensure that kindergarten and first-grade students receive the supports they need to read on grade level by third grade. This site will showcase:
- the essential components supporting effective reading instruction;
- tools and resources to help educators and communities improve reading instruction;
- success stories from the field, including innovative uses of federal funding streams; and
- other features.
This Dorchester, Mass., school is one of six nationally recognized Knowledge Development Sites implementing the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT). This school uses strategies such as Collaborative Teaching (between general and special education teachers) and Universal Design for Learning to support all students in accessing the general curriculum.
We welcome your suggestions regarding schools or school leaders that have succeeded in helping all of their students achieve third-grade reading proficiency.