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School-Home Links Reading Kit - February 1999

U.S. Department of Education
Richard W. Riley


The School-Home Links Reading Kit was developed for teachers, families, and reading partners through the Compact for Reading Initiative, an activity of the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education at the U.S. Department of Education. It is a companion volume to the Compact for Reading Guide. The purpose of the School-Home Links Reading Kit is to encourage greater family, school, and community involvement in the education of children, and to improve their skills and achievements in reading and other language arts. The Kit is organized around a skills framework provided in the National Academy of Sciences' report, Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children, and a reading framework developed by Edward Kame'enui and Deborah Simmons of the University of Oregon.

Teams of teachers at the kindergarten through third-grade levels developed the School-Home Links Reading Kit. One team coordinated by Mary Russo and Jonna Casey of the Boston Annenberg Challenge included Margaret Sands, Kathleen Baron, and Crystal English of the Mason School in Boston. Another team coordinated by Ellie Topolovac, Superintendent of Solana Beach School District in California, included Susana Baum, Janet Brice, Jamie Crowley, Rhona Grant, Deborah Hays, Cristy Maxcy, Marla Sammuli, David Topolovac, and Patricia Totina. Selected activities were adapted or reprinted with permission from How to Tutor Your Child in Reading and Writing (1998), published by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse on Reading English and Communication at Indiana University and the Family Learning Association, and Spelling By Writing (1998) by Carl Smith, published by ERIC and the Family Learning Center. Shira Herman, Alex Campbell, Sandra Richardson, and Azalea Saunders provided editing and formatting assistance. Alan Ginsburg and Susan Thompson-Hoffman coordinated the overall effort. These materials were extensively reviewed by teams of parents, teachers, and administrators and by participants at the 1998 Improving America's Schools Act and Title I Parents' Conferences.

The cover art, Wouldn't It Be Great If We Could Be Winners? was developed by Janet Jones-Duffey, a student in San Antonio, Texas. This art was provided through the National PTA Reflections Program, an arts recognition and achievement program for students in preschool through grade 12 in literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. Graphics for the overall publication were coordinated by ZGS Communications, Inc., of Arlington, Virginia.

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