Teacher Training & Support
Training teachers to be effective
In many parts of the developing world, insufficient teacher training, lack of instructional materials and a focus on memorization over comprehension often result in low literacy skills. Early grade textbooks and government curricula frequently place unrealistic expectations on young readers, with long, difficult texts and inappropriate sequencing of information.
Room to Read’s Literacy Program partners with Ministries of Education to supplement gaps that exist in the standard reading and writing curriculum—providing resources, in-service teacher training and classroom enhancements. In each country, our local team identifies areas where the current early grade literacy curriculum and teacher training fall short, and then works with a team of education experts to develop a program that addresses those issues.
Targeting critical milestones in learning
Room to Read’s Literacy Program concentrates literacy learning during 1st and 2nd grades because we know that once a child reaches 3rd grade without basic literacy skills, it is virtually impossible to catch up. We focus on helping first and second grade children “crack the code”, meaning that they can read and write familiar words and basic sentences with full comprehension, and express themselves clearly. Those skills provide the foundation for success as they continue in school.