Early literacy instruction has come to the forefront
of public attention and has stimulated shifts in public policy. Despite our
growing understanding of how children learn to read, current reading programs
leave a substantial proportion of students unable to read and write
independently and with ease. The failure rate is especially high for children
from poor homes. Project READ Plus was developed by UCR Graduate School of
Education Dean, Robert Calfee, to address these problems.
WordWork, the decoding-spelling strand of Project
READ Plus is designed for k-2 students. Although WordWork is designed to mesh
with Project READ Plus, it can also stand-alone. WordWork is a professional
development program that incorporates the policies and practices seen in
literature-based classrooms and the principles of social-cognitive learning. It
is based on the findings from research in cognitive psychology, linguistics, and
rhetoric. From the brief, but intensive training program, teachers are provided
with a secure, conceptual understanding of the nature of reading.
This research has
been supported in part by grants from The
Spencer Foundation and The
National Science Foundation.