Reading Instruction

Lexile® Measures: A Parent’s Guide
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Lexile® Measures: A Parent’s Guide

Lexile® reading levels are an important tool for many teachers. In fact, MetaMetrics—the company behind the Lexile Framework for Reading—states on its website that “over 35 million U.S. students from all 50 states” are given a Lexile measure (or "score") each year, which they receive after taking a Lexile-linked reading...

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How to Identify and Address Early Warning Signs of Dyslexia at Every Grade Level
Friday, September 6, 2019

According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is, “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is...

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What If Every Student Had A Personalized Learning Plan?
Monday, August 12, 2019

In a 2019 opinion piece for online education news site the74million.org, Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Paul Reville posed an intriguing question: “What if every child had a personalized plan to help him or her thrive?” Although this may sound like a theoretical question, Reville heads up Harvard’s Education...

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10 Costs and Consequences of the Literacy Crisis
Thursday, August 1, 2019
10 Costs and Consequences of the Literacy Crisis

Let’s get right to the point: Literacy—or the lack thereof—is a big issue in the United States. Those who lack basic literacy skills (not to mention more comprehensive reading, writing, and critical thinking capabilities) are too often left behind, compelled to either drop out of school or pass through with...

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What is Dyslexia and How Does It Affect the Reading Process
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
What is Dyslexia and How Does It Affect the Reading Process

If Henry had a dime for every time his teacher asked him to try harder, he’d be a rich kid! This experience is common for students with dyslexia, which is often referred to as the hidden disability. Although Henry and students like him are trying hard, they struggle with underlying...

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3 Ways to Address Literacy Needs Throughout a Student’s Journey Towards Graduation
Thursday, July 18, 2019
3 Ways to Address Literacy Needs Throughout a Student’s Journey Towards Graduation

While the effects of reading struggles are often far-reaching, there is an upside: Efforts to increase reading success have the potential to positively influence a student’s long-term trajectory. With this in mind, schools looking to have a broad impact on student outcomes can implement systematic and sustainable long-term practices, such...

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Examining the Link Between Poor Literacy Skills and Dropout
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Examining the Link Between Poor Literacy Skills and Dropout

More than 1 million students drop out of high school every year in the United States (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2010), which equates to almost 7,000 students leaving school each day of a typical school year. These numbers are alarming to say the least, especially considering the positive impact of...

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Structured Literacy: How Results and Research Support This Approach
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Here’s a simple yet powerful point that bears repeating: “All teachers want their students to master the skills that will allow them to enjoy reading books and writing their own texts.” This line comes from a 2019 blog post by Dr. Deborah K. Reed, director of the Iowa Reading Research...

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