REL Tool: A Second Grade Teacher’s Guide to Supporting Family Involvement in Foundational Reading Skills

 In Administrator Resources, Climate, Districts, Leadership Development

REL Southeast has developed a Teacher’s Guide to supplement the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guide, Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade.

The Teacher’s Guide complements and extends the practice guide by providing step-by-step guidance for second grade teachers to support families in practicing foundational reading skills at home. The Teacher’s Guide includes:

  • Recommendation reminders that provide a snapshot of each recommendation and how-to steps from the WWC guide
  • Teacher scaffolds that model the language teachers can use with families to describe a specific skill, why it is important in learning to read, and how to support that skill
  • Family activities that contain evidence-based literacy activities with easy-to-follow plans and materials that teachers model and share with families
  • Family literacy videos that show families engaging their child in activities related to the skills teachers modeled during family literacy nights or at parent-teacher conferences

Access the guide at:

The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) build the capacity of educators to use data and research to improve student outcomes. Each REL responds to needs identified in its region and makes learning opportunities and other resources available to educators throughout the United States. The REL program is a part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education. To receive regular updates on REL work, including events and reports, follow IES on Facebook and Twitter. To provide feedback on this or other REL work, email
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