Early Literacy

Education news, analysis, and opinion about methods of teaching young children the skills they need to read and write, including phonics

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Why Putting the 'Science of Reading' Into Practice Is So Challenging
Philosophical disagreements, a rushed rollout, and a lack of ready-to-use materials have complicated one state's journey.
Reading & Literacy Webinar “Science of Reading:” What Are the Components?
Learn how to adopt a “science of reading” approach to early literacy to effectively build students’ vocabulary and content knowledge.
October 12, 2022
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The Link Between Early Literacy and Numeracy Skill Development
While early literacy and numeracy skills are normally thought of as separate areas of instruction for educators, research suggests there ...
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Latasha Johnson teaches reading skills to a kindergarten classroom at Walnut Creek Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C. on May 25, 2022.
Latasha Johnson teaches kindergartners in a reading group at Walnut Creek Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., earlier this year.
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Reading & Literacy Q&A How to Build Better Small-Group Reading Instruction
Reading expert Matthew Burns answers questions about how to rev up classroom reading groups.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 16, 2022
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Sherri Miller is the principal of Lacy Elementary in Raleigh, N.C.
Sherri Miller is the principal of Lacy Elementary in Raleigh, N.C.
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Reading & Literacy Listen: A Principal Reflects on Shifting to the 'Science of Reading'
Why is changing instructional practice so hard? 3 takeaways from EdWeek's Twitter Spaces discussion with a school leader.
Sarah Schwartz, September 16, 2022
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Reading & Literacy Can a TV Show Really Help Kids Develop Reading Skills? What a New Study Says
New research shows that the PBS show "Molly of Denali" builds students' ability to read and use informational text.
Sarah Schwartz, August 30, 2022
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Reading & Literacy Webinar A Roadmap to Multisensory Early Literacy Instruction: Accelerate Growth for All Students 
How can you develop key literacy skills with a diverse range of learners? Explore best practices and tips to meet the needs of all students. 
August 24, 2022
Reading & Literacy Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Literacy?
Answer 7 questions about literacy.
August 15, 2022
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Putting Scientific Evidence to Work in Reading Instruction
What works in teaching reading? Dr. D. Ray Reutzel clarifies topics around the Science of Reading and choosing an evidence-based reading ...
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English-Language Learners Webinar The Science of Reading and Multilingual Learners: What Educators Need to Know
Join experts in reading science and multilingual literacy to discuss what the latest research means for multilingual learners in classrooms adopting a science of reading-based approach.
August 11, 2022
Early Childhood Spotlight Spotlight on Early Learning
This Spotlight will help you examine the impact of early education programs on high school performance, evaluate pre-K programs, and more.
August 1, 2022
A young child opens a world of literacy in a book
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Reading & Literacy Opinion When the 'Science of Reading' Goes Too Far
A 3rd grade teacher and a literacy specialist lament time-consuming assessments that do little to promote reading comprehension.
Jessica Hahn & Mia Hood, July 29, 2022
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First grader Geniss Gibbs practices reading skills at Eastern Elementary School in Washington, N.C., on May 23, 2022.
First grader Geniss Gibbs practices reading skills at Eastern Elementary School in Washington, N.C., in May.
Kate Medley for Education Week
Reading & Literacy 5 Insights on Getting the ‘Science of Reading’ Into Classrooms
Here are 5 things to know from EdWeek's reporting on the national movement to overhaul reading instruction.
Sarah Schwartz, July 27, 2022
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Monica Littlefield teaches reading skills to her first grade class at Eastern Elementary School in Washington, N.C., on May 23, 2022.
Monica Littlefield teaches reading skills to her first grade class at Eastern Elementary School in Washington, N.C., on May 23, 2022.
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Professional Development Video What is LETRS? How One PD Program is Dominating ‘Science of Reading’ Efforts
A professional development program based on the science of reading has exploded in popularity, but does it work?
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The state of North Carolina is taking measures to improve reading rates in elementary schools, including in this first grade classroom at Eastern Elementary in Washington, N.C.
The state of North Carolina is taking measures to improve reading rates in elementary schools, including in this first grade classroom at Eastern Elementary in Washington, N.C.
Kate Medley for Education Week
Reading & Literacy Project Science of Reading: Where Rhetoric Meets Reality
A national movement seeks to change how reading is taught. Will it work?
July 20, 2022