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A Practical Guide to Action Research for Literacy Educators

In celebration of International Literacy Day 2012, the Global Literacy Professional Development Network and IRA's Global Operations Unit released A Practical Guide to Action Research for Literacy Educators. Written by Glenda Nugent, Sakil Malik, and Sandra Hollingsworth, the guide provides valuable information and practical tips for educators in any setting who are interested in improving their practice by using Action Research.

"The timing for the publication of this guidebook could not be better," writes Luis Crouch of Global Partnership for Education in the foreword. With an ever-increasing global emphasis on accountability, the guidebook offers ideas for improving educational practices through Action Research and supporting successful student literacy outcomes.

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Early Grades Reading Toolkit

Early Grades Reading Toolkit

"First Principles for Early Grades Reading Programs in Developing Countries" is a toolkit which was developed for USAID by IRA in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) as a tool for education officers in USAID missions in the field to help them to incorporate reading into new Requests for Proposals (RFP) for future development projects. This toolkit was written by IRA member, Kathy Roskos, and past IRA President, Dorothy Strickland.

Ensenando a Leer: Teoria, practica e intervencion

"Enseñando a Leer: Teoría, práctica e intervención"
(Teaching to Read: Theory, Practice and Intervention) by Liliana Borrero Botero.

It was published in 2008 by Editorial Norma, a publishing company that distributes to all Spanish speaking countries (therefore, it should be available in the most important bookstores in Latin America). It is a compilation of the scientific literature in English on best practices on literacy instruction.

It will also be available soon online at

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