To learn more about the Children of the Code project, I'd recommend starting with the on-line video tour of the project:
The following is a quote from an interview with David Boulton, the director of the Children of the Code project:
"The mission of the Children of the Code project is to catalyze and resource a transformation in how our society thinks about the "code" of our written language and the "challenges involved in learning to read it.". I think we're living in the "Stone Age of Literacy." Our lack of understanding of what is involved and what is at stake in acquiring literacy is wreaking havoc on the lives of our population, including children"
"..the first think I hope i that it (the project) changes the mental lens through which parents and teachers see struggling learners. I want them to see someone who is struggling as somebody who is struggling with an artificially confusing technology (written language) and somebody who is in significant emotional and cognitive danger.
"What I hope is that people realize that if children and adults struggle too long with the process of acquiring literacy, it can seriously affect how they develop and grow and learn. Struggling to read causes many, many people to grow up feeling ashamed of their mind.."
I've posted and cross posted about this project recently on my blogs:
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(I'm a school psychologist who currently works with students who have multiple special needs. I also have extensive K-12 experience with "at-risk" regular education and high incidence "special education" populations.)