Friday, November 09, 2007

Free-reading: an open soure reading program

Oddly enough, I came across this via a Slashdot post:

Main Page - Free-reading: "Free-Reading is an “open source” instructional program that helps teachers teach early reading. Because it's open source, it represents the collective wisdom of a wide community of teachers and researchers. It's designed to contain a scope and sequence of activities that can support and supplement a typical “core” or “basal” program."

A while back I'd thought of developing a library of short stories that could be used in reading programs; including more boy oriented stories. They're doing something like this.

There's some content in place and it has a real advisory board:
Catherine Snow
Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Michael Kamil
Consulting Professor of Education; Psychological Studies in Education; Learning, Design, and Technology
Stanford University School of Education
Barbara Taylor
Guy Bond Chair in Reading
University of Minnesota
Director of the Minnesota Center for Reading Research
Barbara Kapinus
Senior Policy Analyst
National Education Association
Fred Carrigg
Director of Humanities K-12, Middletown Public Schools
Former Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Literacy, NJDOE (2002-2007)
I think most of the contributors are teachers. They claim to have an evidence-based philosophy, that would mean a much stronger phonics orientation than is common in Minnesota.

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