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Reading, Writing and Humanities
For children's development and long-term success, reading, writing and humanities skills are critical. Early literacy skills predict their first-grade reading skills, which in turn predict their reading skills in fourth grade and later school outcomes. SRI's work contributes to promoting and improving access to high-quality literacy strategies and practices in schools and homes.
SRI’s Center for Education and Human Services evaluates the effectiveness of literacy programs targeted to families of young children, preschoolers, and elementary school students from economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse families. The Center's work contributes to promoting and improving access to high-quality literacy programs for children, and practices in schools and homes.
Our Center for Technology in Learning conducts research on and evaluations of innovative programs for building the foundations of literacy in early childhood and for expanding writing skills in early adolescence. Center researchers examine the role of lessons incorporating content from public media producers in closing literacy gaps for low-income preschoolers. The Center also studies how to help adolescents become skilled in expressing themselves through print and new media, and how to help parents and teachers create literacy programs to support children's reading and writing skills.
The National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP) supports the teaching of argument writing through the integration of professional development, instructional resources, and formative assessment. In a previous study, SRI found that C3WP positively impacted...
The ability to write well-reasoned, well-supported arguments is a key skill for success in college, career, and civic society. Yet most students in U.S. secondary schools lack proficiency in argument writing. The National Writing Project developed the College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP) to support...
SRI is working with two research partners and a 10-state consortium to enhance and implement a developmentally appropriate K-3 formative assessment that will fit within and inform everyday classroom instruction.
Even after mastering conversational English, English learners often struggle with academic English, negatively impacting their educational outcomes. SRI is conducting a 4-year randomized controlled trial (RCT) to estimate the effectiveness of the Pathway to Academic Success Project, a promising...