Betsy Nguyen, Reading Specialist

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) elementary reading/language arts program reflects the integrated nature of a balanced literacy program. The elementary reading program provides instruction in reading and word study, including phonics, and engagement in independent reading. The elementary language arts program encompasses writing instruction, which includes the teaching of the writing process, writer’s craft, conventions of language, including spelling, grammar, and independent writing. The processes of listening and speaking are integrated into all of the components of a comprehensive, balanced literacy program.

Reading Resources

Balanced Reading
Research-based information about reading instruction for educators

Big Ideas in Beginning Reading
Institute for the Development of Educational Achievement/University of Oregon

International Reading Association
A professional organization dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all

The Lexile Framework for Reading Matching readers to text

Literature Circles Resource Center
Information & resources, Seattle University

Reading A-Z
Online reading program

Reading Rockets
Information about teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle

Read Write Think  
Quality practices in reading and language arts instruction

Trelease On Reading
Issues in reading by author of The Read-Aloud Handbook

William & Mary Reading
Reading enrichment program