Additional Resources

To learn more about literacy development, take a look at these resources:

Brain Development & Education Lab
Check out our lab webpage to stay up-to-date with the latest recommendations from our lab!

Florida Center for Reading Research
The FCRR is an institute affiliated with Florida State University and represents one of the largest research centers on reading. We recommend checking out the “Teaching & Learning” section, where you’ll find “Information for Parents”, “Interventions for Struggling Readers”, and “Frequently Asked Questions about Reading Instruction”.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports: Engaging Families in Education
Use this parent resource guide to see an example of how the Florida Reading Research Center has collaborated with the community to implement a model of intervention designed to help those who struggle.

Reading Rockets | Phonics Instruction
Reading Rocket is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. 

Reading Rockets | Helping Struggling Readers
Check out Reading Rockets resources on helping struggling readers.

Reading Rockets | Reading 101
Reading 101 is a self-paced professional development course for K-3 teachers, developed by Reading Rockets and produced in collaboration with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and The International Dyslexia Association.

Resources on Dyslexia
Check out Reading Rockets’ list of 10 resources on dyslexia.

What Works Clearinghouse
Use this resource, provided by the U.S. Department of Education, to see what reading programs and curriculums have the scientific support to help your child, and see those that don’t. A tricky website to navigate, but we recommend clicking on “Find What Works!”


  • Dyslexia
    a learning disability characterized by poor spelling and difficulties with word recognition and word decoding. It is unrelated to intelligence, motivation, or school experience
    Explicit instruction
    systematic and direct teaching that takes into account students’ prior knowledge
    Phonics-based reading instruction
    teaching focused on how letters represent sounds and how words can be sounded out by knowing letter-sound correspondences
    the brain’s ability to change as a result of experience