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Organizations and Research

Professional Organizations

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
A community of educators, advocating sound policies and sharing best practices to achieve the success of each learner.

International Reading Association (IRA)
The International Reading Association is an 85,000-member nonprofit professional organization dedicated to improving reading instruction and promoting literacy around the world.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

National Reading Conference (NRC)
A professional organization for individuals who share an interest in research and the dissemination of information about literacy and literacy instruction.

Utah Council of the International Reading Association (UCIRA)
An affiliate council of the International Reading Association, is a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of literacy in Utah schools, homes and communities. There are 8 local councils of the UCIRA throughout the state of Utah.The mission of the UCIRA is to promote, strengthen, and extend language and literacy learning throughout the state. 

Research on Literacy

Center for the improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)
A national center for research on early reading, representing a consortium of educators from five universities (the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, with the University of Southern California, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Georgia); teacher educators; teachers; publishers of texts, tests, and technology; professional organizations; and schools and school districts across the United States. CIERA is supported under the Educational Research and Development Centers Program, PR/Award Number R305R70004, as administered by the Office of Education

Florida Center for Reading Research
Has several project that focus on research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in pre-school through 12th grade.

National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL)
Was established in 1990 with a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Center is currently supported by federal, state, and local agencies as well as by private foundations and corporations.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Located within the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education, is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

National Right to Read Foundation (NRRF)
The Mission of The National Right to Read Foundation (NRRF) is to Return to the Schools of America, Reading Instruction which follows Scientifically Based Reading Research. This site is designed to provide assistance for those engaged in this effort.

National Reading Panel (NRP)
The NRP has completed the research assessment of reading instruction approaches. The members no longer meet as a panel but continue to present the NRP findings at various conferences and organizational meetings.

Oregon Reading First
A state initiative funded by the Federal Government as part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Through this initiative, Oregon schools will receive support and professional development to help schools achieve the goal of all children being readers by the end of third grade.

Reading First Program (U.S Department of Education)
The Reading First initiative builds on the findings of years of scientific research, which, at the request of Congress, were compiled by the National Reading Panel.

Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts
Committed to providing leadership to educators in effective reading instruction through its diversified research, technical assistance, and professional development projects.