The Global Reading Network has four primary functions:
Advocating to make All Children Reading a top priority at the global, national, and local levels. This may include:
Identifying the mechanisms and practices that are necessary for effective collective action and seeking out opportunities to engage in such action. Including key actors and influential figures in the All Children Reading movement, which may include high level champions, government officials, advocacy organizations, international education experts, and NGOs, among others.
Developing a communications strategy and action plan to achieve the Global Reading Network's advocacy goals.
Supporting effective policy through decision-making processes and tools.
Sharing evidence on improving reading with global, national, and local level policy makers, civil society, practitioners, and international partners. This may include:
Gathering existing evidence and making it accessible to, governments, policy makers, civil society, practitioners, and international partners.
Mapping available evidence and the network of researchers and practitioners who produce that evidence.
Establishing a range of standards for different types of evidence.
Supporting a collaborative research agenda that addresses evidence gaps and identifies areas for new investigation.
Improving practice by identifying, developing, and sharing tools with the potential to expand the scale and increase the sustainability of of reading programs worldwide. These tools include, for example, curricula, plans, assessments, teaching and learning materials, and policy guidance. This may include:
Cataloguing existing tools and making them widely available.
Developing and testing additional tools.
Providing training in the use of tools.
Versioning tools into multiple languages for multiple contexts.
- The Global Reading Network is actively engaged in identifying, supporting and mobilizing promising innovations in the field of Early Grade Reading. This includes trialing, refining and promoting use of effective technologies to support reading in a variety of ways. Currently, the Global Reading Network is focused on developing and implementing four key innovation efforts: the Global Book Alliance
, the Global Digital Library, the Enabling Writers initiative
, and Ed Data II
Global Book Alliance (GBA)
Around the world, 250 million children are unable to read. Along with inadequate instruction, a scarcity of reading materials in schools is a leading cause. The Global Book Alliance is addressing the shortage of books in languages children need in order to ensure that children have books to learn to read and read to learn. The GBA seeks to ensure that instructional sets of titles (leveled and decodable readers) exist in all official languages of instruction and are publicly available, that book financing is optimized across funding sources, that book procurement is more standardized and stabilized, that book supply chains are strengthened and that book management is improved at the school level.
Global Digital Library (GDL)
The Global Digital Library (Library) will increase the accessibility of books in languages children need. Its web-based platform will allow organizations and individuals around the world to access high-quality books in a range of languages for small or large-scale printing or accessibility in other formats. A key component of the Library will be the ability to search material by learning level, language or theme. The Library will also link to materials available on other websites. The ability to upload and download content will vastly improve the quality and quantity of available books, reduce costs and increase the number of children learning. The Library will include open source materials as well as copyrighted materials, pending agreements with publishers for the latter.
The Global Digital Library aims to: serve as a central location to collect and house titles in a range of languages; provide links to other, similar sites worldwide; allow authors, governments, development partners and organizations to upload reading materials; promote the use of Creative Commons licensing to maximize content accessibility; and allow governments, development partners, organizations and individuals to download print-ready and digitally accessible reading materials.
Enabling Writers (EW)
The Enabling Writers initiative is a continuation of an All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development competition to produce book authoring software that could be used globally to develop books for use in early grade reading programs. It was supported by the All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development partners—the United States Agency for International Development, World Vision and the Australian government—and resulted in the adaptation of Bloom software.
The All Children Reading Partnership is now supporting Enabling Writers workshops to create new books in mother tongue languages for primary children in developing countries. It also supports training and capacity-building for local authors to continue to create high-quality children’s books by using the Bloom software for systematic development of leveled and decodable books. The books developed through these writers’ workshops are provided to national ministries of education to support provision of high-quality decodable and leveled texts for young readers. These books will also be shared through the Global Reading Repository, making it possible for educators and families around the world to access and use quality books in first languages with young readers everywhere.
Currently, Enabling Writers initiatives are underway in six countries: Bangladesh, Haiti, Indonesia, Nepal, Nigeria and the Philippines. Two new language projects are planned for early 2017: Kiswahili and Arabic.
Education Data for Decision Making (EdData II)
EdData II is a mechanism for improving the accuracy, timeliness, accessibility and use of data for education policy and program planning. The following are examples of activities that support these goals and fall within the scope of EdData II:
- Collect primary education data (via household, school or community surveys) on issues of access, quality or management.
- Analyze or evaluate existing data systems or data sets.
- Develop innovative data collection instruments or techniques.
- Build capacity to collect, analyze, use or disseminate education data at the donor, ministry, district or classroom level.
- Generate, evaluate or assess the formulation of interventions at the national, district, school or classroom level; experiment with data-intensive instructional models to demonstrate impact of data on instruction.
Visit the overview page for more information on EdData II or click here to start searching now.
The Global Reading Network recognizes that advocacy, evidence, innovations and practice are interdependent; each affects how we attain the knowledge and understanding to engage in effective action and achieve our mission.