Site URL: ReadingRockets.org…/Teachers
Content: Reading Rockets, a national multimedia literacy initiative, offers information and resources explaining how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle.
Design: Reading Rockets accomplishes a tricky design feat—an abundance of links and content that manage to avoid overwhelming the user. The homepage’s primary scroller presents recently added content, and a series of smaller content blocks fall vertically beneath it. While the site’s structure is fairly standard, its light colors and smooth fonts are calming.
Review: Reading Rockets highlights research-based strategies in an effort to help young children become strong, confident readers. To that end, the site brings reading-related research to educators, presenting “what works” and supporting its application in the classroom.
In addition to tons of great articles and other written materials, Reading Rockets offers a comprehensive teacher professional development program. The site produces free webcasts by national experts, and these are available online any time. Topics include effective reading programs, assessment, pre-reading skills, teaching English language learners, writing and parent engagement. Listen to experts Steven Graham, Isabel Beck, Diane August, Mary Ruth Coleman, Robert Pianta and others.
Bottom Line: Tips and best practices for helping students read, along with a healthy dose of PD, make this site worthy of repeat visits.