Literacy Instruction for Adolescent and Adult Beginning Readers
Literacy experts at the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies (CLDS) of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in partnership with Benetech®, have introduced a subscription version of Route 66 Literacy this winter. Route 66 Literacy is a flexible, dynamic, internet-based instructional program that provides literacy instruction to adolescent and beginning adult readers.
Quick Facts about Low Literacy and Illiteracy
According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are more than 800,000 students from elementary school through college age who have moderate to severe disabilities. The number increases to more than five million when all learning disabilities are included. If this news isn’t bad enough, the problem of low literacy extends far beyond school-aged children. It extends to the more than 20% of American adults who read at or below a fifth grade level. These rates are much higher for non-native English speakers.
A New Approach: Route 66 Literacy Emphasizes High-Interest Content
While many literacy programs are designed for kindergarteners and first graders; Route 66 Literacy combines all of the essential elements of literacy instruction – reading, writing, and word study – while emphasizing age-appropriate, interest-appropriate, and ability-appropriate content that is targeted at adolescents and beginning adult readers. Route 66 Literacy is built on three core beliefs:
Teacher-Tutor – Route 66 Literacy Is Truly Different
Several for-profit players exist with well-established brands and long histories of providing reading tools for disabled students, but none compare strategically to or deliver the proven results of Route 66 Literacy. One major difference, and what sets Route 66 Literacy apart from all competitors, is Teacher-Tutor.
Route 66 Literacy’s Teacher-Tutor is a revolutionary and much needed concept, providing proven instruction to the learner while simultaneously providing necessary and critical support to teachers, tutors, parents and other volunteers. In fact, Route 66 Literacy requires no special training to teach literacy aside from basic web navigation skills.