Reading Instruction

Do You See Me? Applying an Equity Lens to Literacy Instruction
Friday, May 17, 2019
Do You See Me? Applying an Equity Lens to Literacy Instruction

Classrooms across the United States are changing rapidly. Today more than ever, teachers are likely to encounter students whose native language, race, or socioeconomic status differs from their own. Indeed, according to a 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution piece by education policy writer Maureen Downey that touched on the changing demographics in...

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Beyond the Reading Wars: Embracing the Science of Learning
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Beyond the Reading Wars: Embracing the Science of Learning

The so-called reading wars flared up again recently when reporter Emily Hanford released a radio documentary series about reading instruction through American Public Media. In a 2018 “Hard Words” episode, Hanford dived directly into the conflict at the heart of the reading instruction wars: Is it best to use phonics-based...

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Writing Often to Read Well: An Approach Worth Revisiting
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Writing Often to Read Well: An Approach Worth Revisiting

The connection between learning to read and learning to write is noteworthy, if not profound. In a post to the Psychology Today website, education researcher and consultant J. Richard Gentry made this declaration: “Writing is one of the best ways to teach beginners how to read.” 

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How to Support the Development of Early Literacy Skills Through Play
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
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Today’s youngest students are often expected to be able to read by the end of kindergarten. This amounts to a sea change in comparison to previous years, when first grade was considered the typical year for reading skills to take hold. In 2016, researchers from the University of Virginia published...

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Got Literacy? If Not, Then Turn to Science for Help
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Got Literacy? If Not, Then Turn to Science for Help

In 2014, The New York Times provided space for an intriguing debate when researchers, administrators, and educators were asked to share their thoughts on a fundamental yet controversial topic: reading instruction. The precise question asked was whether “schools should use the student-centered balanced literacy program to teach reading or require...

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Could a DNA Test Help Students with Dyslexia? Researchers Want to Know
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Could a DNA Test Help Students with Dyslexia? Researchers Want to Know

A 2018 post on the online education news site Education Week recently posed an intriguing question: “What if a DNA test could show how to teach a student with dyslexia?” This is a theory currently being tested in New Haven, Connecticut, in conjunction with Yale University and its robust research...

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Celebrating Student Writing with a Publishing Party
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Celebrating Student Writing with a Publishing Party

An understanding of the writing process is important for young writers. However, the time involved in editing and revising means that not every piece of writing can—or should—be taken all the way to the publishing stage. So when students put the work into making their writing publication-ready, that effort needs...

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How Volunteers Can Support K–12 Instruction and Improve Student Reading Outcomes
Monday, October 1, 2018
How Volunteers Can Support K–12 Instruction and Improve Student Reading Outcomes

We have a very diverse student body with a wide range of academic needs and strengths. Wanting to “fill a gap” in our student literacy proficiency—without having to take additional time away from instruction to assess individual students—we started looking for a solution to streamline and improve our current instruction...

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