Many organizations are offering additional (and often free) professional development during this time of COVID-19 School Closures. These temporary resources are listed at the top of this page and followed by our permanent resource list.
COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURES – SPECIAL PD OFFERINGS & RESOURCES
Follow the IDA on Facebook. “Each week, as we work together to overcome the new challenges brought on by this pandemic, we are giving free access to a presentation from past Reading, Literacy & Learning conferences.”
Two Facebook Pages where you can post for advice and search previously posted topics: Science of Reading – What I Should Have Learned in College and Science of Reading: The Community.
The Reading League Pennsylvania has put together three wakelets of resources: Professional Development & Resources, Parent Resources for Education During School Closing, and Teacher Resources for Education During School Closing. All can be accessed here.
Reading Horizons is offering some free webinars. For example, on April 3rd the topic is “How to Progress Monitor Academics and Goals in a Virtual Setting.” Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Resources for Elementary Librarians and Educators During an Extended School Closing
This list from Staying Cool in the Library is broken into the following sections:
- Free Subscription Offers for Schools Affected by COVID-19
- Websites For Students to Read or Listen to Books Online
- Tutorials and How-to Information for Online Apps and Websites
- Other Miscellaneous Resources
Neuhaus Academy is offering parents and teachers a free 6-month instructor subscription. Access for learners is always free. Registration page. Use Access Code 19135L80IX. Complete information (user names will be permanent, other information can be changed later).
This Google Document created by Sarah Hart and shared on the Science of Reading-What I Should have Learned in College Facebook page is a compilation of resources for online learning (10 pages!) and includes short descriptions as well as links to Step-by-Step guides for use.
The University of Florida Literacy Institute has developed a Virtual Teaching Resource Hub, providing “free resources to assist teachers as they explore new ways to teach foundational reading skills using technology.
Raz-Kids is offering free access to Raz-Kids and Headsprout to schools that don’t already have these products. For those teachers already using their programs, considering sharing their Virtual Learning Support page for Parents.
This website has consolidated resources for parents and families: Distance Learning for Special Education.
California’s Department of Education has put together an extensive list of Resources that Support Distance Learning.
Decoding Dyslexia-CA created a Resource List with excellent links for families and educators.
The 95 Percent Group is sharing lesson plans, including phonological awareness and decodable passages, for teachers to share with families. They are also offering complimentary Spring 2020 Webinars as part of their At-Home Resources. Webinars are half-hour sessions and registrants will receive a link to a recording afterwards.
IDA has put together this Dyslexia and Reading Resource Guide for Families and Teachers Affected by COVID-19.
Below is a list of resources for educators, divided into the following topics: Science of Reading, ELA Skills-based Resources & Multisensory Math Resources. Please email additional suggestions to email@example.com.
SCIENCE OF READING
Teaching Reading is Rocket Science 2020: What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do
This publication, authored by literacy expert Louisa Moats, is by the American Federation of Teachers.
Science of Reading: The Podcast
This podcast series from Amplify “delivers the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. Each episode takes a conversational approach and explores a timely topic related to the science of reading.” Amplify has also set up a Facebook Group for discussion.
See Hear Speak Podcast
“Interesting conversations with people who care about reading, language, and speech in the developing child.” Tiffany Hogan is a Professor at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She is “a scientist and speech-language pathologist who studies reading, language, and speech development and disorders such as dyslexia, developmental language disorder, and speech sound disorders.”
APM Reports – Emily Hanford
This link provides access to Emily’s trilogy of documentaries on reading in America:
The Science of Reading Webinar Series on Demand
This 3-part series examines the “why,” “what,” and “how” of this important topic.
National Center on Improving Literacy
From the NCIL website: The National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL) is a partnership among literacy experts, university researchers, and technical assistance providers, with funding from the United States Department of Education. The NCIL’s mission is to increase access to, and use of, evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia. Resources are available for families, educators and school districts.
ELA SKILLS-BASED RESOURCES
Middle Tennessee State University – Center for Dyslexia
Educator and Parent Resources
Join the Facebook Page, Wilson Reading System – Tips & Tricks.
Orthographic Mapping: What It Is and Why It’s So Important
This 35 minute video presentation by Maria Murray, Ph.D., is part of a Knowledge Series for Teachers of Reading & Spelling from Oswego State University of New York.
David Kilpatrick: Understanding Reading Development and Difficulties
This 60 minute presentation is from a 2016 Reading League Event and features David Kilpatrick, the author of Essential of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties.
Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum
This website provides daily phonemic awareness plans.
Sound Walls vs. Word Walls
This webinar features literacy consultant and national LETRS trainer Mary Dahlgren. It was recorded for NW Colorado BOCES to support teachers.
A free online program that enables teachers to find words containing specific patterns.
Comprehension Micro-Skills Explanation and Samples
Resource from AmplifyReading.
The Missing Link in Comprehension
A White Paper from AmplifyReading
Vocabulary (still coming…)
Resource & Blog by Timothy Rasinski
Timothy is also the author of The Megabook of Fluency.