Spotlight on Reading Instruction

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On Reading Instruction


Education Week's Spotlight on Reading Instruction brings together a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Research on early literacy
  • Predictors of reading achievement
  • Educational TV and reading
  • Finding solutions to the ‘4th grade slump’
  • Reading software programs for young readers
  • One district’s use of the Reading First model to fine-tune instruction districtwide
  • Tips for engaging reluctant readers
  • The role of background knowledge in reading comprehension
  • Potential pitfalls of reading research

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Teaching youngsters about letters and sounds before they begin formal schooling helps them develop skills deemed essential to learning to read, says a long-awaited report.
January 8, 2009 | Updated: April 4, 2012 - Education Week

A new generation of programs and a rigorous research effort are helping clarify the potential learning gains of TV viewing.
March 2, 2009 - Education Week

Four research centers are working on classifying learning disabilities and improving understanding of interventions for children with reading problems.
September 10, 2007 - Education Week

Finding the right reading software is no easy task.
June 20, 2007 - Digital Directions

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Reading Rituals
The Ogden, Utah, schools have used mandates of the federal Reading First grant program to fine-tune instruction districtwide, and students' scores are way up.
February 27, 2007 - Education Week

Donalyn Miller, self proclaimed "book whisperer" and sixth grade teacher, answers your questions on inspiring and creating "real" readers and writers in the classroom. First of three parts.
September 5, 2007 - Teacher

Author E.D. Hirsch Jr. argues that inadequate theories of reading are as much to blame for the popularity of "drill-and-kill" lessons in schools as the No Child Left Behind Act.
April 25, 2006 - Education Week

"Like processed foods, processed reading allows for a hugely profitable range of workbooks, tests, and consumable materials. Schools don’t develop reading programs—they buy them," writes Thomas Newkirk.
March 2, 2009 - Education Week

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