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Note From the Director, READ Alliance
Welcome to the first issue of READ Express - a quarterly newsletter on Early Grade Reading delivered to your inbox. Here we will share updates on early reading, tools and resources for early reading practitioners along with achievements from the READ Alliance project.  

READ Alliance aims to nurture and promote early grade reading in India by supporting promising grassroots innovations. While national reading statistics are shocking, we are yet to find reading solutions that address issues of literacy instruction and acquisition among primary learners. Our endeavor is to discover and support reading innovations that work with multiple stakeholders and offer scalable reading solutions to solve the reading challenge in India.

Anurima Chatterjee

*READ Alliance is supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and being implemented by Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS). 

  • Note from the Director
  • READ Alliance Updates
  • Early Grade Reading News at a Glance
  • Early Grade Reading Tools & Resources
  • From our Bookshelf
  • Connecting the EdTech Community in India
READ Alliance Updates
Early Reading News At a Glance
Sri Lanka to take tips on quality education from Odisha
Sri Lanka's education department will propose the Sri Lankan government to replicate some best practices in education in India, including initiatives like primary education in mother tongues to tribal children, Ujjwal scheme to improve learning abilities of children, among others....

New Education Policy To Be Unveiled After States' Approval: Smriti Irani
New education policy has done away with "no-failure" system and re-adopted the system to detain students after class five in case they fail to meet required educational standards...
Government’s New Education Policy Must Include Solutions to Teach Students Basics 
The government’s New Education Policy will make a lasting difference only if it is able to include such simple, cost-effective solutions, which can be scaled up to make an impact on the millions of children at the primary level who are ready for a better way to learn the basics....

It’s time India realises that elementary education is not just about constructing schools
Surveys consistently flag abysmally low learning levels among school children. But the quality of teaching and learning remains unaddressed....
Early Reading Tools & Resources

          Source: CEI

READ Alliance team attended a hands-on workshop titled ‘Evidence-based Strategies to Improve Student Learning’ by Centre for Education Innovation(CEI) where they unveiled their Early Learning Toolkit in India. 

The Early Learning Toolkit contains practical resources to support the work organizations do with schools and communities to improve primary and pre-primary learning. It is based on rigorous evidence collected from Hewlett funded evaluations of innovative education interventions, as well as direct input from wide cross sections of programs that CEI is involved in.

Check out how they developed the toolkit and various strategies that can be adapted to your organizations at http://www.

From our Bookshelf

Efficient Learning for the Poor: New Insights into Literacy Acquisition for Children- Helen Abadzi

Summary- This article describes how neurocognitive research informs the ontology of reading among young learners. Abadzi also quotes research that looks at benchmarks and monitoring indicators to inform classroom instruction in order to ensure that students reach a reading speed of 45 – 60 words per minute by grade 2 and about 120 – 150 words per minute by grade 6 – 8. 

Read the full article here

Connecting the EdTech Community in India

About READ Talk

READ Alliance presents the first event in the READ Talk series - an opportunity for educators to explore effective uses of technology in education.

Collaborating with Worldreader, this READ Talk will focus on 'Role of technology in Early Reading' and will be held in New DelhiIt aims to bring together a niche group of academicians, influencers, and EdTech implementers.

Click to register for this event 

We'd be happy to expand our horizons and include updates and upcoming events related to early grade reading from your organization. Feel free to drop in a line to us at 

This newsletter is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of CKS and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
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