Program Outcomes Shared at National Conference

AERARaising A Reader's Director of Programs, Dr. Holly Kreider, was invited to present a scholarly paper on Raising A Reader at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) 2011 annual meeting in New Orleans.  The paper synthesized findings from ten years of independent evaluations of Raising A Reader to inform national programming and the fields of early literacy and family engagement more broadly.

Specifically the paper:

  • Synthesized key program outcomes, including the prevalence, variation by subgroup, and underlying processes explaining outcomes of Raising A Reader;
  • Situated these collective evaluation findings within the broader early literacy and family engagement research landscape;
  • And discussed how these findings can inform future program improvement and evaluation efforts for Raising A Reader and other family engagement programs.

Outcome categories that were investigated and for which Raising A Reader demonstrates significant positive effects include:

  • Access to books (i.e., number of books in home);
  • Family engagement, including parent knowledge (e.g, the importance of sharing books to increase reading readiness), family literacy behaviors (e.g., frequency of parent-child reading at home, regular reading routines at home) and utilization of the library; and
  • Child outcomes, including child motivation (e.g., child enjoyment and valuing of reading), oral language skills (e.g., vocabulary), and emergent literacy skills (e.g., book knowledge, comprehension, print knowledge, letter naming fluency, rhyming, and initial sound fluency).

Positive effects were most pronounced for English language learners, children from low-income families, and children from households with less than a high school education.

About AERA

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. 

AERA is the most prominent international professional organization, with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application.

Raising A Reader was extremely proud to be selected to present at this prestigious national conference.


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