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We are teachers, administrators, reading coaches, media producers, web developers, and advocates who seek to provide educators with clear and practical guidance on teaching reading and writing. We base our work on the latest research that the field has to offer.

Kindergarten teacher teaches letter sounds
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How can we ensure that the greatest number of children learn how to read and write proficiently? Here at Reading Universe, that's our focus each and every day. Working closely with top researchers, reading coaches, and teachers, we offer classroom-proven teaching strategies, videos demonstrating best practices, and concrete answers to common reading challenges. We aim to be authoritative, engaging, video-rich … and free to all of our users.

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Reading Universe is produced by three premier non-profit organizations:
WETA/Reading Rockets, the Barksdale Reading Institute, and First Book.

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Our advisory board includes some of the most knowledgeable and influential voices in the field of education.

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In developing Reading Universe, we've relied heavily on this cadre of expert reading coaches and teachers.

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With expertise in teaching, instruction design, and multimedia production, our team is committed to helping every child learn to read.

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Our Funders

Reading Universe is made possible by generous support from Jim & Donna Barksdale, the American Federation of Teachers, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and two anonymous donors.

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Reading Universe is an online service that provides evidence-based strategies and practical guidance to help educators and parents teach their children to read. For now, our content spans kindergarten to first grade, but your donation will help us expand to cover preschool through sixth grade. Give today!

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