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October 7, 2019
To boost literacy, this Queens school is training support staff to teach reading
Deploying paraprofessionals to help teach reading is a core element of the school’s strategy to boost literacy.
September 16, 2019
Want better readers? Spend less time teaching kids to find the main idea, ‘Knowledge Gap’ author Natalie Wexler argues
Kids from less educated families rely on school to gain lots of specific knowledge. Their schools, worried about reading test scores, are least likely to give it to them.
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June 11, 2019
As funding shrinks reading program, Tennessee governor says literacy remains a priority
Gov. Bill Lee says he’s reevaluating literacy strategies as funding dries up for the state’s popular initiative known as Read to be Ready.
March 14, 2019
Concerned about reading instruction, state cracks down on teacher prep programs, starting with Colorado’s largest
The reading courses at Colorado’s largest educator preparation program don’t match up with research on literacy instruction, and many of the professors have philosophies that…
March 14, 2019
We asked, they answered: Teachers weigh in on how they learned to teach reading
Teachers describe what they learned — and didn't learn — in their educator prep programs about how to teach reading.
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March 1, 2019
Dyslexia advocates want screening for every struggling reader. A Colorado bill takes a first step.
Lindsay Drakos’ daughter didn’t get diagnosed with dyslexia until she was in fifth grade, after years of struggling with reading.
November 13, 2018
Reading instruction is big news these days. Teachers, share your thoughts with us!
Lately, lots of people are talking about reading. Specifically, how it’s taught (or not) in America’s schools. Much of the…
September 3, 2008
E.D. Hirsch: Content knowledge “terribly important for social justice”
A week after Sol Stern argued in City Journal that New York City should create an office of reading improvement and provide low class sizes and scientifically-based reading instruction in high-poverty, low-scoring schools, the DOE announced a new reading initiative: teachers at 10 pilot schools will implement the new Core Knowledge Reading Program (CKRP) in grades K-2. Education historian Diane Ravitch wrote in favor of the program in the Post on Monday, saying it's a smarter choice than the "unproven" Balanced Literacy curriculum that Klein introduced in 2003. "Balanced Literacy doesn't stress content knowledge, vocabulary or phonics. And we now know that it didn't work," she says, citing flat reading scores on the 4th and 8th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). What will the new reading program look like?
August 18, 2008
Is early reading instruction key to closing the black-white achievement gap?
Focus on the early years, says Stern. <em>Photo by ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2458666314/##woodleywonderworks##</em> Close the achievement gap by focusing on early-grades reading instruction, argues Sol Stern…
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