Reading Instruction

A Guide to the Orton-Gillingham Approach
A Guide to the Orton-Gillingham Approach

Since its inception in the 1930s, the Orton-Gillingham Approach has pioneered instructional practices designed for students who struggle with reading, writing, and spelling. Informed by “time-tested knowledge and practice” along with the science of language learning, Orton-Gillingham provides a direct, straightforward way to assist those who have difficulty reading. By...

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Putting the Science of Reading to Work
Putting the Science of Reading to Work

How do students learn to read? Although this deceptively simple question has inspired decades of research and yielded an array of science-backed instructional methods, many students are still not making the progress educators would like to see, with the most recent Nation’s Report Card indicating that fourth- and eighth-graders' average...

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CTE and Literacy: An Excellent Match
CTE and Literacy: An Excellent Match

Dr. Patricia Hilliard of North Carolina State University made a noteworthy point in a 2016 piece she penned for the online education resource site Edutopia: “Increasing adolescent literacy rates is a complex challenge that needs to be addressed from multiple perspectives.” Indeed, her Edutopia piece focused on one such perspective:...

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Debunking the IQ-Dyslexia Link and Other Myths
Debunking the IQ-Dyslexia Link and Other Myths

Do kids with dyslexia have lower IQs? Although the answer is no, a contrary belief lingers amid the multitude of misinformation that tends to swirl around students with learning disorders such as dyslexia. Yet while students who struggle to grasp essential literacy skills are not by extension less intelligent than...

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Lost in the Reading Wars? Consider Becoming a Literacy Advocate
Lost in the Reading Wars? Consider Becoming a Literacy Advocate

In her radio documentary for American Public Media, reporter Emily Hanford made an ominous declaration: “Elementary schools across the country are teaching children to be poor readers—and educators may not even know it.” This striking statement undergirded a two-part examination of reading instruction (or the lack thereof) in America’s public...

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Dyslexia School? New Yorkers Try New Approach for Students
Dyslexia School? New Yorkers Try New Approach for Students

In September 2019, a new publicly funded charter school opened on New York City's Staten Island with a unique mission—catering to “students with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia,” according to an article from local news outlet The City.

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Lexile® Measures: A Parent’s Guide
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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