Literacy

Strong literacy skills are passports to academic and career success. Across the U.S., EDC helps early childhood, K–12, out-of-school time, community college, and adult basic education programs ensure learners of all socio-economic backgrounds gain the skills concepts, and background knowledge they need to gain high levels of literacy. Our Read Right Now! Program improves the literacy of children and youth around the world.

Our literacy experts weave reading and writing instruction into rich explorations of science and social studies, and build teachers' capacity to enrich literacy learning and improve students' literacy outcomes. Our researchers and evaluators provide new insights into promising programs and practices to effectively engage, motivate, and support struggling readers and writers—including the use of electronic games and multimedia.

Interested? Explore our projects, people, and publications, and contact us to find out how we can help you advance your goals to foster strong, confident readers and writers.

Featured Projects:

Center for Early Learning Professionals provides free courses on supporting children’s early reading and writing and has served over 2,100 early childhood staff from 802 center-based and family child care homes in Rhode Island since 2014. Contact Sue Washburn.

Classroom Implementation Study of StarWalk Writer findings indicate that the cloud-based, collaborative environment for reading, writing, and research has positive effects for students in high need schools. Contact Naomi Hupert.

Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education (CORE) Consultation engaged us in drawing on our digital learning expertise to  design a six-session online course, CORE Online Reading Academy, that features interactives and videos and is based on CORE's face-to-face training. Contact Kirsten Peterson.

Contextualized Curriculum for Adult Learners in Math and Literacy engages us in supporting the use of 24 developmental education and adult basic education curriculum modules—on topics such as information technology and advanced manufacturing—that we developed to advance the workforce development goals of a consortium of 15 Massachusetts community colleges. Contact Kirsten Peterson.

Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation tools and trainings help teachers, leaders, literacy specialists, trainers, and researchers assess and improve the quality of PreK–Grade 3 language and literacy instruction. Contact Louisa Anastasopoulos.

Ed Tech Leaders Online program offers a wide range of English language arts courses that support teachers in using technology to enhance reading and writing instruction and improve students' literacy outcomes. Contact Kirsten Peterson.

Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science, our i3 project, is testing a model that blends resources for families with professional development for teachers to positively impact preK–Grade 1 English learners’ early literacy and science learning. Contact Jess Gropen.

Literacy Environment Enrichment Program provides early childhood teachers with a deep understanding of young children’s language and literacy development and appropriate approaches for promoting language and emergent literacy in their classrooms. Course content focuses on book reading, meaningful conversations, awareness of sound, and emergent writing within a language-rich classroom. Contact Pat Fahey.

Ready To Learn, which builds on our decade of research for CPB and PBS, involves us in leading the program of research on the next phase of an innovative media initiative to support the learning needs of children in low-income communities. This phase of our research focuses on  CPB's and PBS' work to improve science and literacy learning outcomes for young children, especially those from low-income families. Contact Shelley Pasnik.