Online Resource Teaches Children to Read

WETA, a public broadcasting station serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, has launched ReadingRockets.org, a comprehensive Web site that gives parents and teachers the tools they need to help children learn how to read.

ReadingRockets.org is the first installment of a national multimedia project that also includes: A Tale of Two Schools, a documentary narrated by actor Morgan Freeman; Raising a Reader, a five-part television series; teleconferences; a bilingual print guide; and the "Take Me to Your Reader" outreach campaign, with more than 25 national partners, including the National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Reading is Fundamental, the American Library Association and the National PTA.

ReadingRockets.org was designed to be a definitive resource for teaching kids to read, with a special focus on helping children with reading disabilities. The site will feature: practical tips and online forums; fun and inspiring perspectives on reading from celebrities; a guide to the best children's books; a behind-the-scenes look at various children's book authors; articles and resource guides; milestones of language development; and recent articles on reading research and practice. WETA, Arlington, VA, (703) 998-2600, www.weta.org.

This article originally appeared in the 12/01/2001 issue of THE Journal.

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