There now seems to be a firestorm of people around the English-speaking world working to ensure reading and spelling skills are taught in accordance with current reading science. Publishers/suppliers involved in this effort already have their contacts under the “phonics resources” menu, but here are some others. Let me know if you have suggested additions.
- AUSPELD and its state-based affiliates
- Bendigo Early Language and Literacy Community of Practice.
- Dyslexia Victoria Support‘s website links to parent-run facebook groups nationwide.
- Five from Five
- The Inner Northern Melbourne Early Language and Literacy Community of Practice (INMELLCoP) had to be shelved due to COVID-19, but we’ll restart it soon.
- The Inspiring Change Facebook group was set up by NT teacher Jocelyn Seamer.
- Learning Difficulties Australia
- There is a professionals’ Facebook group called Learning Science in Schools
- Linguist Lyn Stone writes the This Heart Of Stone blog and has lots of videos on Youtube.
- Melbourne Language and Literacy Community of Practice (MeLLCoP) is a Melbourne-based Community of Practice.
- Queensland dyslexia advocate Tanya Forbes’s Outside the Square films are on YouTube.
- Reading Teachers Australia is a Facebook community of teachers & others interested in best practice, the latest research, professional development and opportunities to connect to other teachers and experts in the field from around the world.
- Developmental Disorders of Language and Literacy Network is an online network of professionals seeking to close the gap between research and practice in literacy teaching.
- International Dyslexia Association, which has branches/affiliates around the world.
- The International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction
- I’m not sure where it’s based but The Reading Ape blog is always interesting.
- ResearchEd is a UK-based but now international, teacher-led initiative to raise the research literacy of educators and bridge the gap between research and practice in education.
- The Society for the Scientific Study of Reading
- The SpellTalk listserve: is a US-based professional discussion group about spelling, and a good source of information about current research.
- Learning Difficulties Association of New Zealand
- There is a Lifting Literacy Aotearoa facebook page with a petition.
Systematic, explicit synthetic phonics teaching is mandated in the early years in the UK, so the main focus of advocates is struggling older readers and related difficulties like DLD:
- How To Teach Reading is a blog by UK specialist reading/dyslexia tutor Monique Nowers.
- Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder – this site’s focus is oral language difficulties, but these often co-occur with decoding and spelling difficulties.
- Reading Reform Foundation
- Susan Godsland’s website is a cornucopia of interesting ideas and links.
- The Literacy Blog is by John Walker of Sounds-Write, but discusses broader topics.
- The Thinking Reading blog by Dianne and James Murphy focuses mainly on adolescents.
- The Children of the Code website has masses of useful information.
- DLD and Me focuses on learners with oral language difficulties, but they often also have decoding/encoding difficulties.
- Journalist Emily Hanford at APM Reports is a powerful advocate of the reading science.
- National Institute for Direct Instruction (nifty acronym NIFDI).
- Parker Phonics by teacher Stephen Parker has lots of useful, free information.
- The PATTAN network’s literacy team, led by Pam Kastner, has an incredible YouTube channel, some of their key literacy videos are on this playlist.
- The Reading League – teachers, academics and others promoting the science of reading, has chapters around the US.
- Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative full of good information.