For web resources specific to children's and/or young adult literature,
go to the Teaching with Children's and Adolescent Literature web site.

For web resources specific to literature circles,
go to the Literature Circles Resource Center web site.

For web resources specific to themed literature units,
go to the Themed Literature Units web site.

For web resources specific to literacy assessment,
go to Assessment Links web site.

For web resources specific to literacy advocacy,
go to Going Public: Advocating for Effective Literacy web site.

National Reading Panel

  • National Reading Panel report on research-based effective practices in reading.  This is the Congress-appointed body that reviewed research in literacy to come up with a distillation of important instructional recommendations

    Interpretations of the NRP Report:
  • Preventing Reading Difficulties (National Research Council): Landmark study of critical factors in preventing reading problems for K-12 students.
  • State of the Art:  Research-based ideas for transforming teaching and learning to read.
  • ERIC Digests:  Short collections of research on a wide range of topics.
  • Help My Child Read: Information for Parents:  Variety of information for parents to help them support their children as readers and writiers. 
  • ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English and Communication
  • Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation (formerly ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment)
  • Center for Applied Linguistics (formerly ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics): second language learning
  • ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
  • National Parent Information Center

  • Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements: Reading
  • Online Grade Level Resources: Reading (GLE's)
  • Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements: Writing: EALRs for writing; frameworks for writing, grades K-10; anchor sets for writing, grades 4, 8, and 10.
  • Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements: Communication: EALRs for communication; frameworks for communication, grades K-10.
  • Professional Associations Early Literacy
  • Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement: Research and advocacy on early literacy.  Here are examples of the information available:
  • Technical Report Series:  Downloadable reports of reserach on a range of literacy issues.
  • Every Child a Reader:  Series of pamphlets on helping children become strong readers.
  • Presentations: Click here to see slides from CIERA researchers' national presentation
  •  Research on Open Court, Whole to Part Phonics, and Effective Literacy Programs: Margaret Moustafa, Ph.D., California State University, Los Angeles.

  • Readers with Learning Disabilities and Challenges

    • Access Center Enhancing access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities K-8.

    English Language Learners

  • Dave's ESL Cafe: Dave Sperling
  • ESL Resources for Teachers and Students: Recommended by Anne Hughes, Monument Charter School, Washington, DC.
  • National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement
  • TESOL Online
  • Internet Resources for Teachers of ESL: Center for Applied Linguistics
  • Teaching Language Minority Students:  A comprehensive web site of Dr. Jill Kerper Mora of San Diego State University -- exceptional resource!
  • ESL: Lesson Plans and Resources:  site maintained by Dr. Marty Levine, professor emeritus, California State University, Northridge.
  • TESOL Links
  • Internet TESL Journal
  • Resources for ESL Teachers:  Dene Scoggins, University of Texas at Austin
  • Idea Cookbook: Specific teaching ideas for working with English language learners.
  • Online Resources

  • English Companion:  Great site developed by high school English teacher, Jim Burke.  Burke is author of  The English Teacher's Companion published in 1999 by Heinemann.  The web site is a thoroughly-researched and jam-packed supplement to his book.  Highly recommended for all middle and high school language arts teachers.
  • Cyberguides:  Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE). Companion resources for teaching language arts.  Very extensive site with many well-developed unit guides.
  • Teachers Helping Teachers:  Detailed resources for teachers -- all levels, all subject areas.  Includes a large list of web site links
  • 6-Traits + 1 Writing Model and Traits of an Effective Reader:  Web site by Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
  • Reading Online: Online journal of the International Reading Association
  • Middle School
  • Middle Web:  Resources on middle school reform for teachers and parents; includes a long list of online resources for teachers of middle school.
  • Gifted Students
  • Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted
  • Northwest Gifted Child Association
  • National Association for Gifted Children
  • Family Literacy
  • National Center for Family Literacy
  • Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Programs


    Adult Literacy Resources
  • National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
  • National Center on Adult Literacy
  • Western/Pacific Literacy Network: Educational materials and information about adult literacy in the western U.S. and Pacific Islands.

  • Professor and Director of Literacy
    College of Education
    Seattle University
    901 12th Avenue
    P.O. Box 222000
    Seattle, WA 98122-1090