Reading Rockets is a national, multimedia project that offers both information and resources on how young children can learn to read and why so many struggle, as well as how caring adults can help.
The Reading Rockets project is made up of Public Broadcasting System (PBS) television programs that are also available on videotape and DVD, online services to include the ReadingRockets.org website, and ColorinColorado.org, as well as professional development opportunities. Reading Rockets is an educational initiative of WETA, and is funded by the United States Department of Education through the Office of Special Education Programs.
The aim of Reading Rockets is to inform and inspire parents, teachers, administrators, childcare providers, and other people in society who affect the lives of children through providing information that is accurate and accessible regarding means of teaching children to read and assisting those who struggle. The project is guided by an advisory panel of experts and leading researchers in the field of reading. Reading Rockets produces and distributes research-based PBS television programs, online services, and professional development opportunities as no cost.
At this time, the National Institutes of Health has estimated that one in every five children experiences serious difficulty learning how to read. Children who have trouble learning to read are among the most troubled ones in our society. Through early identification and assistance, children who struggle with reading can flourish. Without this assistance these same children are at risk of failure in both school and life itself.
The federal government, since the year 1965, has invested greater than one-hundred million dollars into finding out why large numbers of children experience difficulties with learning to read and what can be done to help them. Because of this research, it is now known how to identify children who are at risk of reading and how to help them. Reading Rockets has made it their mission to take that research and best-practice information and make it available to as many people as possible through the power of both television and the Internet.
Reading Rockets has and continues to produce award-winning television programs for national broadcast via PBS. Examples of their programming includes, 'A Tale of Two Schools,' hosted by Morgan Freeman, as well as a multi-part, 'Launching Young Readers,' series. Program titles and descriptions produced by Reading Rockets are available through the, 'Our Shows,' link on the Reading Rockets PBS page. The, 'Launching Young Readers,' series can be viewed online.
The Reading Rockets Project develops and manages a number of web services, to include a comprehensive website that is updated on a daily basis. Their website includes reading news headlines, tips for both parents and educators, research-based articles, video interviews with top children's book authors, national and local resources, a monthly newsletter, and additional features. Colorin Colorado, a web service provided by the Reading Rockets Project, provides activities, information, and advice for Spanish-speaking parents and educators of English language learners. The site is bilingual and funded by a grant from the American Federation of Teachers. Reading Rockets also develops websites for PBS.org. Reading Rockets Website www.readingrockets.org
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