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The Teacher Resource Inventory

Practical Tools for Adapting Literacy Curriculum to Local Contexts

The Teacher Resource Inventory is a crowd-sourced database of open educational resources created for teachers, teacher trainers, and literacy practitioners who support teachers in diverse cultural and linguistic settings around the globe.

Scroll through the Inventory below to find repositories of reading books that can be accessed in hundreds of languages, teacher training and coaching tips, multimedia examples of teachers adapting literacy teaching to different classroom environments, and more.

African Storybook

The African Storybook is a literacy initiative that provides openly licensed picture storybooks for early reading in the languages of Africa. Developed and hosted by Saide, the ASb has an interactive website that enables users to read, create, download, translate, and adapt stories.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

Multiple

User comments: Challenges

Must contextualize and localize concepts, names (especially), and settings in the resource, as well as spend time translating those stories that do not already have translated local versions. For those with no electronic means (such as tablet and internet), they can make hard copies, laminate them and use it over and over again, but the challenge for such schools is money to make hardcopies.

User comments: Positive Experiences

This resource provides teachers with prepared, exciting content to use in their classroom. Using the translation feature they can easily translate story into their local language and or create their own stories with the template.

Author

South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2013-2018

Bambanani series

This series of open resource video clips illustrates how teachers are teaching inclusively in the South African classrooms. To support participation and learning by all learners, the teachers in the clips differentiate their teaching methodologies, content and assessment strategies.  They can be used in a range of teacher professional development activities.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences

The series showcases a range of South African classroom settings, helping demonstrate the diversity of classroom applications.

Author

VVOB South Africa

Region of focus

South Africa

Publication year

2018

Between the Lions Early Reading

Between the Lions Early Reading is a repository of instructive videos teaching children phonics, phonemic awareness, text comprehension, and vocabulary, among others. Lessons are divided by age for children Pre-K to Grade 1.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

PBS Learning Media

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

2000-2010

CEI Early Learning Toolkit - Teacher Coaching

The Teacher Training Section of CEI (Center for Education Innovations)'s Early Learning Toolkit provides resources for teacher coaching, which is ongoing, individualized support of teacher development. Resources cover topics like ongoing supervision and support, individual and group coaching, tools for tracking teacher performance, visual tools and activities for teacher training, and technology for coaching.

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Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

Center for Education Innovations

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

CEI Early Learning Toolkit Mother-Tongue Instruction

The Mother-Tongue Instruction toolkit provides resources for promoting the acquisition of literacy skills in the student's first language, before gradually transferring those skills to the second language. The resources include case studies, guides, and research on topics like ensuring teaching and learning materials are available in the mother language, providing access to storybooks in the mother-tongue, and how to motivate and support teachers to teach in the mother tongue, among others.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

Center for Education Innovations

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2016

E-Paath

E-paath is a repository of interactive learning content for grades 1-8 in English, math and science.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English, Nepali

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences

Students can enjoy learning interactively at their own pace, while teachers can teach concepts using audio visuals and animation.

Author

Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Nepal

Region of focus

South Asia

Publication year

2018

E-Pustakalaya

E-Pustakalaya is a repository of education-focused resources such as books, documents, videos, audio books, reference materials that are categorized in different sections and stored in searchable database

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English, Nepali

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences

Free and open access to thousands of learning materials. It can be installed in low-powered devices and deployed for offline access.

Author

Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Nepal

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2018

Education in Early Childhood Services

This report details best practices for encouraging early childhood literacy. It examined literacy within the New Zealand context, so it is within the context of a primarily English-language setting sensitive to local native languages

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges

It is quite wordy, and there is not a structure that helps to dive straight into the good practices. It is linked to New Zealand’s vision of literacy. Some of the good practice may seem far from a developing context so it requires considerable creativity to contextualise some of these practices yet it is certainly feasible.

User comments: Positive Experiences

There are some really nice ideas and includes emergent literacy aspects, things to do before phonics instruction.

Author

New Zealand Education Review Office

Region of focus

New Zealand

Publication year

2011

Freelearning.io

A cross-platform search to facilitate access to over 11,000 quality early grade reading books and learning games in 150 languages. The platform pulls content from Global Digital Library, African Storybook, Storyweaver and other online repositories and providers.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

Multiple

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

Global Book Alliance, NORAD

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2020

Gender-Responsive Pedagogy for Early Childhood Education Toolkit (GRP4ECE Toolkit)

The GRP4ECE toolkit empowers preschool teachers and school leaders to challenge gender stereotypes in early grade classrooms. Literacy is not explicitly part of the resource; rather the toolkit includes elements, visuals, games, and resources which stimulate emergent literacy - such as language and vocabulary development, making written and visual language meaningful for young children, and visual discrimination for example through the ready made puzzles - with a gender and sub-Saharan Africa cultural lens.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

VVOB, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)

Region of focus

Africa

Publication year

2019

Get Ready to Read

Get Ready to Read! pulls together resources to help teach early literacy. Modules topics include building everyday literacy, tips for preventing early reading failure, and dialogic reading. Resources range from articles to webinars.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

Getting the Most Out of Picture Books

This article covers the best practices for engaging young children with picture books. It also provides links to great picture book collections.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges

Little explicit detail on how to use the pictures of picture books to increase learning. For example it says: Pictures can help increase vocabulary but it does not say “by looking at the pictures together with your students and asking them to describe what they see or by asking questions about the pictures, pictures help to increase vocabulary. A little more detail may have been useful. Some of the links to lists of good picture books no longer work or have a strong bias to a certain context.

User comments: Positive Experiences

It informs well that illustrations engage children in picture books.

Author

Reading is Fundamental

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

2007

Global Digital Library

The Global Digital Library is an online repository of open-source digital books available for offline download. The books are arranged by reading level, 1-4 and are available in 23 languages. The platform also facilitates translation and localization of resources to more than 300 languages.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

Multiple

User comments: Challenges

There's a limited amount of languages.

User comments: Positive Experiences

The books are beautiful resources and some have a rich vocabulary.

Author

Global Book Alliance

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven groups. Selected free samples are provided, and the entire program is available for purchase.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges

The website has only some free resources. The full purchased program is expensive but copies can be produced by the school or individual teacher. To adapt locally, you many need to use local examples of content with the same sounds.

User comments: Positive Experiences

Within a short period, learners are able to sound the alphabets, blend and make attempt at reading. With the additional songs and activities, both teachers and learners find it a fun way to learn. The toolkit has an accompanying workbook and audio resource.

Author

Christopher Jolly

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

1987

Learning Library

Education.com contains a repository of lesson plans, activity sheets, online games, and interactive stories. Resources are organized by student age, concept, and skill for easy reference. Some content is only available with a subscription, but most is open-source.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

Education.com

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

2006-2019

Letters and Sounds programme (UK governement)

Letters and Sounds is a program for early literacy teachers to teach phonics to young children. It outlines seven aspects of learning sounds and provides plenty of games which are fairly easy to localize. The learning progression is clear and intuitive, allowing children to build on thier knowledge.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges

Phase one is easy and useful to contextualize and localize. The other phases are more difficult to "translate" to a non English context, yet some exercises and approaches may still be useful.

User comments: Positive Experiences

Phase 1 ensures a nice foundation in phonics. Exercises of phase one have been adapted in some Zambian (pre-)primary Schools. The document has also inspired teacher trainers in 2 colleges of Education in Zambia linked to low-cost resources. There are many resource sites that offer free, downloadable materials related to the activities, like http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/.

Author

UK Department for Education and Skills

Region of focus

United Kingdom

Publication year

2007

Literacy for All Toolkit

The Literacy for All toolkit was developed to provide teachers with guidance on how to teach early literacy skills to students with different categories of disabilities. Specifically, the toolkit describes phases of literacy for students with disabilities, supports and services, instructional techniques within the universal design framework, and others. Consideration was given for how to best apply these theoretical approaches in Low- and Moderate- Income Countries.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

USAID

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2018

Lubuto Library Learning Resources

The Lubuto Library provides book collections, computer-based reading lessons in each of the 7 major Zambian languages, English-language reading instruction, and the Zambia Heritage Library, a digital repository of out-of-print materials. Book collections are available based on genre, age, and length.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

Multiple

User comments: Challenges

The online resources are limited. Most of them are part of the Zambia Heritage Library books. Within that selection most books seem for older learners and may not be the most attractive. There are some exceptions, however, like Kalulu the Hare.

User comments: Positive Experiences

There are references for other online libraries.

Author

Lubuto Library Partners

Region of focus

Zambia

Publication year

PBS Kids

This is a collection of interactive games to promote reading skills in children. The games require a Flash Player and internet connection.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English, Spanish

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

PBS Kids

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

Peer coaching for teachers in crisis contexts

The toolkit provides an additional layer of support for teachers participating in the Training for Teachers in Crisis Contexts by preparing teachers to facilitate Teacher Learning Circles (TLCs) with their colleagues and conduct Classroom Observations. This resource is not literacy specific.

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Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences

There is an additional training pack for primary school teachers in crisis contexts to provide additional support to teachers who have participated in the training: http://www.ineesite.org/en/ticc-training-pack.

Author

Teachers in Crisis Contexts (TiCC)

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2018

Professional Learning Communities - A guideline for South African Schools

This guideline details the department's vision of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), explains what PLCs are, their key characteristics, the key players and their roles, what can be done in PLCs to come to collaborative learning.

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Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences

The guideline makes reference to the South African Policy context, but is otherwise quite easily accessible and understandable for contexts outside of South Africa. This resources has helped teacher trainers in capacity development of teachers and school leaders in professional learning communities (PLCs). Supporting resources are: a video showing a PLC in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9mlycjiFjg and a leaflet on PLCs for Principals: https://southafrica.vvob.be/download/professional-learning-communities-school-principals.

Author

Department of Basic Education, South Africa

Region of focus

South Africa

Publication year

2015

Reading A-Z

Reading A-Z provides thousands of downloadable, projectable, printable teacher materials, covering all the skills necessary for effective reading instruction. The complete library is available for purchase, but the program also provides thousands of free samples of fiction and nonfiction books spanning 27 reading levels.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges

The resources are only in English and are American centric. There isn't a lot of African landscape or context-specific content, but you can still find resources that apply. You will need to selective.

User comments: Positive Experiences

The resources are printable, there are lots of levelled resources, they can be paired with assessments, can be printed and copied for low-resource settings, and you can pick out subsets that work for different contexts.

Author

Reading A-Z

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets provides resources for the classroom and professional development. Classroom guides include a repository of classroom strategies organized by topic and guidance on when to use, and best practices for students of different abilities. Professional development resources include Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing, a self-paced online course of 9 modules to teach the elements of reading and writing.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

WETA

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

Resources for Schools and Districts

The National Center on Improving Literacy provides evidence-based resources to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities. The repository contains over 800 resources, which can be filtered by audience, resource type, and topic.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

National Center on Improving Literacy

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

Starter Teachers: A methodology course for the classroom

This training course is aimed at equipping teacher trainers in low-resource contexts with skills and techniques they can use to play an active role in English language starter teachers’ continuous professional development. The course aims to provide trainers with ideas and materials to use with starter teachers, help trainers throughout the region understand the needs of starter teachers, and present a resource that can be used for designing sessions and workshops for both pre- and in-service training courses.

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Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

British Council, Blandine Akoue, Jean-Clair Nguemba Ndong, Justine Okomo Allogo, Adrian Tennant

Region of focus

West Africa

Publication year

2014

StoryWeaver

StoryWeaver is an open digital library with books in over 100 languages available for offline download. The platform also allows teachers to create their own stories using thousands of openly licensed images and translate stories into local languages.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

Multiple

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

Prantham Books

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

Teacher Support: Concept Note on Promoting Effective Teacher Support in Rwanda

A concept note aimed to promote effective induction of new teachers in Rwanda, as part of a school-wide strategy to promote teacher development and collaboration. The concept note promotes a strategy that combines coaching and mentoring (by school-based mentors and subject heads of departments) with professional learning communities.

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Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

VVOB, Rwanda Education Board

Region of focus

Rwanda

Publication year

2018

Teaching early reading in Africa – with African Storybook

A free online course that introduces practical, active teaching strategies to support early reading and methods to teach and assess early reading. The course helps teachers in planning and developing resources to support early reading. A link is made to the African Storybook repository.

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Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences

Links to African Storybook: africanstorybook.org.

Author

The Open University's Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) programme, South African Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE)

Region of focus

Africa

Publication year

The Power of Coaching: Improving Early Grade Reading Instruction in Developing Countries

This report describes the best practices for developing and implementing an effective coaching program in early grade reading programs in schools in developing countries. Coaching is on-site, job-specific, professional development for teachers. The report presents different coaching roles, models of coaching, and activities to use in coaching sessions.

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Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

USAID

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2014

Using the Language Experience Approach

This online article provides the background of the Language Experience Approach and how to use learners' own words to generate a text which can then be used to teach literacy (to young learners and adults alike.) The resource links to videos which demonstrate the LEA in action. Further, there are a list of resources for additional reading.

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Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges

This is a teaching methodology which requires a bit of flexibility when working with groups. As you are generating the text as you go, you cannot know exactly how the text will read but you can set the context or theme and predict as much as possible.

User comments: Positive Experiences

Using your learners words to generate a text for literacy is a powerful and empowering way to give ownership to learning. Further, for learners whom English is a second language, it can be rewarding to see how much they know in the target language. As the Language Experience Approach generates a text from a learner or small group, it is already contextualised and localised for the individual or group. The Professional Learning blog is an helpful associated resource: https://k12teacherstaffdevelopment.com/tlb/understanding-the-language-experience-approach-lea/.

Author

Eric Brace

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

Word Scientists

Word Scientists provides video courses for teachers teaching four stages of reading learning from kindergarten to the third grade. The site also includes classroom resources like digital books and accompanying reading activities.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Challenges
User comments: Positive Experiences
Author

National Education Support Trust

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

African Storybook

The African Storybook is a literacy initiative that provides openly licensed picture storybooks for early reading in the languages of Africa. Developed and hosted by Saide, the ASb has an interactive website that enables users to read, create, download, translate, and adapt stories.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

Multiple

User comments: Cons

Must contextualize and localize concepts, names (especially), and settings in the resource, as well as spend time translating those stories that do not already have translated local versions. For those with no electronic means (such as tablet and internet), they can make hard copies, laminate them and use it over and over again, but the challenge for such schools is money to make hardcopies.

User comments: Pros

This resource provides teachers with prepared, exciting content to use in their classroom. Using the translation feature they can easily translate story into their local language and or create their own stories with the template.

Author

South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2013-2018

E-Pustakalaya

E-Pustakalaya is a repository of education-focused resources such as books, documents, videos, audio books, reference materials that are categorized in different sections and stored in searchable database

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English, Nepali

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros

Free and open access to thousands of learning materials. It can be installed in low-powered devices and deployed for offline access.

Author

Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Nepal

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2018

Freelearning.io

A cross-platform search to facilitate access to over 11,000 quality early grade reading books and learning games in 150 languages. The platform pulls content from Global Digital Library, African Storybook, Storyweaver and other online repositories and providers.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

Multiple

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

Global Book Alliance, NORAD

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2020

Global Digital Library

The Global Digital Library is an online repository of open-source digital books available for offline download. The books are arranged by reading level, 1-4 and are available in 23 languages. The platform also facilitates translation and localization of resources to more than 300 languages.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

Multiple

User comments: Cons

There's a limited amount of languages.

User comments: Pros

The books are beautiful resources and some have a rich vocabulary.

Author

Global Book Alliance

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

Lubuto Library Learning Resources

The Lubuto Library provides book collections, computer-based reading lessons in each of the 7 major Zambian languages, English-language reading instruction, and the Zambia Heritage Library, a digital repository of out-of-print materials. Book collections are available based on genre, age, and length.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

Multiple

User comments: Cons

The online resources are limited. Most of them are part of the Zambia Heritage Library books. Within that selection most books seem for older learners and may not be the most attractive. There are some exceptions, however, like Kalulu the Hare.

User comments: Pros

There are references for other online libraries.

Author

Lubuto Library Partners

Region of focus

Zambia

Publication year

Reading A-Z

Reading A-Z provides thousands of downloadable, projectable, printable teacher materials, covering all the skills necessary for effective reading instruction. The complete library is available for purchase, but the program also provides thousands of free samples of fiction and nonfiction books spanning 27 reading levels.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons

The resources are only in English and are American centric. There isn't a lot of African landscape or context-specific content, but you can still find resources that apply. You will need to selective.

User comments: Pros

The resources are printable, there are lots of levelled resources, they can be paired with assessments, can be printed and copied for low-resource settings, and you can pick out subsets that work for different contexts.

Author

Reading A-Z

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

StoryWeaver

StoryWeaver is an open digital library with books in over 100 languages available for offline download. The platform also allows teachers to create their own stories using thousands of openly licensed images and translate stories into local languages.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

Multiple

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

Prantham Books

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

Between the Lions Early Reading

Between the Lions Early Reading is a repository of instructive videos teaching children phonics, phonemic awareness, text comprehension, and vocabulary, among others. Lessons are divided by age for children Pre-K to Grade 1.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

PBS Learning Media

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

2000-2010

E-Paath

E-paath is a repository of interactive learning content for grades 1-8 in English, math and science.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English, Nepali

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros

Students can enjoy learning interactively at their own pace, while teachers can teach concepts using audio visuals and animation.

Author

Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Nepal

Region of focus

South Asia

Publication year

2018

Gender-Responsive Pedagogy for Early Childhood Education Toolkit (GRP4ECE Toolkit)

The GRP4ECE toolkit empowers preschool teachers and school leaders to challenge gender stereotypes in early grade classrooms. Literacy is not explicitly part of the resource; rather the toolkit includes elements, visuals, games, and resources which stimulate emergent literacy - such as language and vocabulary development, making written and visual language meaningful for young children, and visual discrimination for example through the ready made puzzles - with a gender and sub-Saharan Africa cultural lens.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

VVOB, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)

Region of focus

Africa

Publication year

2019

Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven groups. Selected free samples are provided, and the entire program is available for purchase.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons

The website has only some free resources. The full purchased program is expensive but copies can be produced by the school or individual teacher. To adapt locally, you many need to use local examples of content with the same sounds.

User comments: Pros

Within a short period, learners are able to sound the alphabets, blend and make attempt at reading. With the additional songs and activities, both teachers and learners find it a fun way to learn. The toolkit has an accompanying workbook and audio resource.

Author

Christopher Jolly

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

1987

Learning Library

Education.com contains a repository of lesson plans, activity sheets, online games, and interactive stories. Resources are organized by student age, concept, and skill for easy reference. Some content is only available with a subscription, but most is open-source.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

Education.com

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

2006-2019

PBS Kids

This is a collection of interactive games to promote reading skills in children. The games require a Flash Player and internet connection.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English, Spanish

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

PBS Kids

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

Bambanani series

This series of open resource video clips illustrates how teachers are teaching inclusively in the South African classrooms. To support participation and learning by all learners, the teachers in the clips differentiate their teaching methodologies, content and assessment strategies.  They can be used in a range of teacher professional development activities.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros

The series showcases a range of South African classroom settings, helping demonstrate the diversity of classroom applications.

Author

VVOB South Africa

Region of focus

South Africa

Publication year

2018

CEI Early Learning Toolkit Mother-Tongue Instruction

The Mother-Tongue Instruction toolkit provides resources for promoting the acquisition of literacy skills in the student's first language, before gradually transferring those skills to the second language. The resources include case studies, guides, and research on topics like ensuring teaching and learning materials are available in the mother language, providing access to storybooks in the mother-tongue, and how to motivate and support teachers to teach in the mother tongue, among others.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

Center for Education Innovations

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2016

Education in Early Childhood Services

This report details best practices for encouraging early childhood literacy. It examined literacy within the New Zealand context, so it is within the context of a primarily English-language setting sensitive to local native languages

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons

It is quite wordy, and there is not a structure that helps to dive straight into the good practices. It is linked to New Zealand’s vision of literacy. Some of the good practice may seem far from a developing context so it requires considerable creativity to contextualise some of these practices yet it is certainly feasible.

User comments: Pros

There are some really nice ideas and includes emergent literacy aspects, things to do before phonics instruction.

Author

New Zealand Education Review Office

Region of focus

New Zealand

Publication year

2011

Get Ready to Read

Get Ready to Read! pulls together resources to help teach early literacy. Modules topics include building everyday literacy, tips for preventing early reading failure, and dialogic reading. Resources range from articles to webinars.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

Getting the Most Out of Picture Books

This article covers the best practices for engaging young children with picture books. It also provides links to great picture book collections.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons

Little explicit detail on how to use the pictures of picture books to increase learning. For example it says: Pictures can help increase vocabulary but it does not say “by looking at the pictures together with your students and asking them to describe what they see or by asking questions about the pictures, pictures help to increase vocabulary. A little more detail may have been useful. Some of the links to lists of good picture books no longer work or have a strong bias to a certain context.

User comments: Pros

It informs well that illustrations engage children in picture books.

Author

Reading is Fundamental

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

2007

Letters and Sounds programme (UK governement)

Letters and Sounds is a program for early literacy teachers to teach phonics to young children. It outlines seven aspects of learning sounds and provides plenty of games which are fairly easy to localize. The learning progression is clear and intuitive, allowing children to build on thier knowledge.

View Resource
Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons

Phase one is easy and useful to contextualize and localize. The other phases are more difficult to "translate" to a non English context, yet some exercises and approaches may still be useful.

User comments: Pros

Phase 1 ensures a nice foundation in phonics. Exercises of phase one have been adapted in some Zambian (pre-)primary Schools. The document has also inspired teacher trainers in 2 colleges of Education in Zambia linked to low-cost resources. There are many resource sites that offer free, downloadable materials related to the activities, like http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/.

Author

UK Department for Education and Skills

Region of focus

United Kingdom

Publication year

2007

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets provides resources for the classroom and professional development. Classroom guides include a repository of classroom strategies organized by topic and guidance on when to use, and best practices for students of different abilities. Professional development resources include Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing, a self-paced online course of 9 modules to teach the elements of reading and writing.

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Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

WETA

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

Resources for Schools and Districts

The National Center on Improving Literacy provides evidence-based resources to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities. The repository contains over 800 resources, which can be filtered by audience, resource type, and topic.

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Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

National Center on Improving Literacy

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

Teaching early reading in Africa – with African Storybook

A free online course that introduces practical, active teaching strategies to support early reading and methods to teach and assess early reading. The course helps teachers in planning and developing resources to support early reading. A link is made to the African Storybook repository.

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Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros

Links to African Storybook: africanstorybook.org.

Author

The Open University's Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) programme, South African Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE)

Region of focus

Africa

Publication year

Using the Language Experience Approach

This online article provides the background of the Language Experience Approach and how to use learners' own words to generate a text which can then be used to teach literacy (to young learners and adults alike.) The resource links to videos which demonstrate the LEA in action. Further, there are a list of resources for additional reading.

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Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons

This is a teaching methodology which requires a bit of flexibility when working with groups. As you are generating the text as you go, you cannot know exactly how the text will read but you can set the context or theme and predict as much as possible.

User comments: Pros

Using your learners words to generate a text for literacy is a powerful and empowering way to give ownership to learning. Further, for learners whom English is a second language, it can be rewarding to see how much they know in the target language. As the Language Experience Approach generates a text from a learner or small group, it is already contextualised and localised for the individual or group. The Professional Learning blog is an helpful associated resource: https://k12teacherstaffdevelopment.com/tlb/understanding-the-language-experience-approach-lea/.

Author

Eric Brace

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

Word Scientists

Word Scientists provides video courses for teachers teaching four stages of reading learning from kindergarten to the third grade. The site also includes classroom resources like digital books and accompanying reading activities.

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Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

National Education Support Trust

Region of focus

North America

Publication year

CEI Early Learning Toolkit - Teacher Coaching

The Teacher Training Section of CEI (Center for Education Innovations)'s Early Learning Toolkit provides resources for teacher coaching, which is ongoing, individualized support of teacher development. Resources cover topics like ongoing supervision and support, individual and group coaching, tools for tracking teacher performance, visual tools and activities for teacher training, and technology for coaching.

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Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

Center for Education Innovations

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

Literacy for All Toolkit

The Literacy for All toolkit was developed to provide teachers with guidance on how to teach early literacy skills to students with different categories of disabilities. Specifically, the toolkit describes phases of literacy for students with disabilities, supports and services, instructional techniques within the universal design framework, and others. Consideration was given for how to best apply these theoretical approaches in Low- and Moderate- Income Countries.

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Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

USAID

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2018

Peer coaching for teachers in crisis contexts

The toolkit provides an additional layer of support for teachers participating in the Training for Teachers in Crisis Contexts by preparing teachers to facilitate Teacher Learning Circles (TLCs) with their colleagues and conduct Classroom Observations. This resource is not literacy specific.

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Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros

There is an additional training pack for primary school teachers in crisis contexts to provide additional support to teachers who have participated in the training: http://www.ineesite.org/en/ticc-training-pack.

Author

Teachers in Crisis Contexts (TiCC)

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2018

Professional Learning Communities - A guideline for South African Schools

This guideline details the department's vision of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), explains what PLCs are, their key characteristics, the key players and their roles, what can be done in PLCs to come to collaborative learning.

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Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros

The guideline makes reference to the South African Policy context, but is otherwise quite easily accessible and understandable for contexts outside of South Africa. This resources has helped teacher trainers in capacity development of teachers and school leaders in professional learning communities (PLCs). Supporting resources are: a video showing a PLC in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9mlycjiFjg and a leaflet on PLCs for Principals: https://southafrica.vvob.be/download/professional-learning-communities-school-principals.

Author

Department of Basic Education, South Africa

Region of focus

South Africa

Publication year

2015

Starter Teachers: A methodology course for the classroom

This training course is aimed at equipping teacher trainers in low-resource contexts with skills and techniques they can use to play an active role in English language starter teachers’ continuous professional development. The course aims to provide trainers with ideas and materials to use with starter teachers, help trainers throughout the region understand the needs of starter teachers, and present a resource that can be used for designing sessions and workshops for both pre- and in-service training courses.

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Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

British Council, Blandine Akoue, Jean-Clair Nguemba Ndong, Justine Okomo Allogo, Adrian Tennant

Region of focus

West Africa

Publication year

2014

Teacher Support: Concept Note on Promoting Effective Teacher Support in Rwanda

A concept note aimed to promote effective induction of new teachers in Rwanda, as part of a school-wide strategy to promote teacher development and collaboration. The concept note promotes a strategy that combines coaching and mentoring (by school-based mentors and subject heads of departments) with professional learning communities.

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Literacy-specific

No

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

VVOB, Rwanda Education Board

Region of focus

Rwanda

Publication year

2018

The Power of Coaching: Improving Early Grade Reading Instruction in Developing Countries

This report describes the best practices for developing and implementing an effective coaching program in early grade reading programs in schools in developing countries. Coaching is on-site, job-specific, professional development for teachers. The report presents different coaching roles, models of coaching, and activities to use in coaching sessions.

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Literacy-specific

Yes

Languages

English

User comments: Cons
User comments: Pros
Author

USAID

Region of focus

Global

Publication year

2014

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