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"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." —Victor Hugo

The resources on these pages rely on research-based principles of reading instruction and suggest practical ways to apply research findings to adult learning settings. These valuable websites for educators include:


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Literacy Skills and Strategies for Content Area Teachers
This compilation of content-based comprehension and vocabulary strategies and lessons for literacy learners was compiled by Melissa Sethna, a literacy coach at Mundelein High School in Illinois.

Cognitive Strategy Instruction Websit
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has built a website devoted to Cognitive Strategy Instruction. While it is geared mainly to children, many of the strategies are also applicable to adults.

Helping Students Understand What They Read
Regina Richards, writing for LDOnline, outlines steps that all teachers can take to help their learners better understand and comprehend what they are reading.

Key Shifts of the Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts and Literacy
In this LDOnline article, Susan Lafond takes a closer look at the shifts in Common Core State Standards, what these changes will look like in the classroom, and what they mean for both teachers and students. These key shifts are also fundamental to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education.

Assistive Technology Tools: Reading
Technology tools can help facilitate decoding, reading fluency, and comprehension, especially for students with learning disabilities.

The Media Library of Teaching Skills
The Media Library of Teaching Skills (MLoTS) is a free, web-based library of short digital videos of adult education classrooms and tutorials.

Teaching Channel
This site offers videos of classroom strategies for teachers, a weekly newsletter with tips, Common Core Insider secrets, and a free lesson planner and scheduler. The many high-quality videos are the stars.

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