Richard Allington has a chip on his shoulder. He has discovered that educational programs that benefit vendors get a lot of marketing support (from those vendors) whereas educational approaches that have no profit potential do not get championed by the for-profit sector. In Proven Programs, Profits, and Practice, he vents about this reality, reviews the Federal policy towards literacy strategies, and then highlights ten strategies that are overlooked.
Rather than talk about the system of balances against private vendors is supposed to work, I'd like to list his ten programs, I find it very interesting.
- Writing, Sound Stretching, and Phonemic Awareness
- Word Walls
- Just Plain Writing
- Extended Independent Reading
- Discussion After Reading
- Reading Aloud to Children
- Appropriate Texts, Readers Theatre, and Other Fluency-Enhancing Devices
- Choice Words
- Teacher Expertise