The Compact for Reading, a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for National Service, the Los Angeles Times, and Little Planet Learning, is a program designed to bring families, teachers, principals, and students together to improve literacy among K-3 students. The project’s site offers 400 easy-to-use learning activities for K-3 students that are designed to strengthen their reading and writing skills. The activities are organized by grade level into categories of reading and literacy skills. The site also features a Guidebook that explains how to implement the Compact for Reading program in your school communities. The activities available on this site are planned around the skills frameworks 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. The materials were reviewed extensively by teams of parents, teachers, and administrators and by participants at the 1998 Improving America’s Schools Act and Title I Parent’s Conferences.
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