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Comprehensive Literacy Plan


Washington State’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan supports instruction, prevention and intervention decisions to improve literacy outcomes. It is organized around three essential facts:

  • Literacy begins at birth,
  • Literacy requires many skills across all content areas, and
  • Is improved through responsive and differentiated teaching.

The Plan emphasizes access to core curriculum for all students and includes information and resources to meet additional data-indicated student needs. Teacher resources such as Culturally Responsive Teaching and other tools, such as for English language learners, are necessary to improve literacy outcomes for all.




Early Learning Guidelines

  • A resource for understanding how young children grow and develop and what parents, early learning educators and caregivers can do to support that growth and learning

Love. Talk. Play.

  • Provides ideas for how love, talk, and play are a part of everyday activities

Child Profile Development Materials

  • Information on developmental milestones and ways to support children


UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

  • Emphasis on enabling all children from 0 to 5 to achieve their full potential

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child

  • Using science to enhance child well-being through innovations in policy and practice


Early Learning Plan

  • A roadmap for building an early learning system created with the input of hundreds of Washington residents to ensure all children can succeed in school and life

Washington State Birth to Three Comprehensive Plan

  • Policy Recommendations

Turning the Page: Refocusing Massachusetts for Reading Success

  • Strategies for improving children’s language and literacy development, birth to 9


The CLP builds from OSPI’s 2005 Washington State K-12 Reading Model and incorporates new developments such as adoption of the Commons Core State Standards.

The Common Core State Standards are a tremendous resource and provide information by grade level.

School Leaders may be interested in the Center on Instruction’s Improving Literacy Instruction and Middle and High Schools: A Guide for Principals and Teaching All Students to Read in Elementary School: A Guide for Principals.

The Center on Instruction has also developed Academic Literacy Instruction for Adolescents, which focuses on improving instruction in the content areas for grades 4-12. It includes sections on students reading below grade level and English Language Learners.


Academic Literacy Instruction for Adolescents (Grades 4-12)

  • Recommendations for improving academic literacy instruction in content areas or across the school day
  • Includes resources for ELL students and those reading below grade level

American Association of School Librarians, Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

  • Organized by media sharing, digital storytelling, manage and organize, social networking and communication, content collaboration, curriculum sharing, content resources

Annenberg Learner

  • Materials, including videos, for all subject areas by grade band

Center on Instruction

  • Free resources organized by literacy, STEM, ELL, Special Education, RTI, eLearning, and Early Learning

Choice Literacy

  • Tools, guides, literacy lessons, and advice from literacy coaches, teachers,and school leaders Education Northwest 6+1 Trait® Writing
  • A model of Instruction & Assessment that provides a common language for teachers and students to communicate about the characteristics of writing and establishes a clear vision of what good writing looks like

Florida Center for Reading Research

  • Research based with materials for teachers, parents and students Institute of Education Sciences
  • Research arm of the U.S. Department of Education provides education research, evaluation, assessment, development and statistics

Florida Center for Reading Research

  • Research based with materials for teachers, parents and students

Institute of Education Sciences

  • Research arm of the U.S. Department of Education provides education research, evaluation, assessment, development and statistics

Iris Center

  • Works with experts from across the nation to create challenge-based interactive modules, case study units, and a variety of activities, the purpose of which is to provide research-validated information about working with students with disabilities in inclusive settings

National Council of Teachers of English

  • Classroom-tested lesson plans for K-12 teachers

National Writing Project

  • Resources for teaching reading and writing.
  • Washington sites are based at UW and Central Washington University

Northern Nevada Writing Project

  • Focus on improving and celebrating student writing
  • Show Me Your Story Guide contains 16 complete lessons, student samples, and samples designed to promote student discussion at the levels expected from the Common Core State Standards


  • Lessons, professional development, organizing tools, student online tools

Stenhouse Publishers

  • Professional resources by teachers, for teachers
  • Includes free excerpts from reading publications


Dyslexia Resource Guide

  • Helps teachers and parents identify and support children with Dyslexia

CalSTAT (California Services for Technical Assistance and Training)

  • Training, technical assistance and resources for both special education and general education

IRIS Center for Training Enhancements

  • Online interactive resources about the education of students with disabilities that translate research into practice

Promising Practices Network

  • Best practices for general and special education Teaching LD
  • Information and resources for teaching students with learning disabilities

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

  • Best practices for people with developmental disabilities and their families


Webinar: Data-based Instructional Decision-making for ELLs

  • Key information that should be considered when planning data-based and differentiated ELL instruction

Everything ESL

  • lesson Plans and teaching tips from an ESL teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience National Council of Teachers of English
  • Provides extensive online resources for bilingual and ELL teachers

Teaching Diverse Learners

  • Information, educational materials, and the work of experts—that promotes high achievement for ELLs

Colorín Colorado

  • Spanish/English site with information, activities, and advice to help children learn to read and succeed at school

Family Literacy Toolkits

  • Seattle Public Schools resource available in 7 languages



   Updated 8/27/2013

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