Early Literacy

Reading & Literacy Letter to the Editor More Books, Not More Phonics
Reading in areas of interest can help improve reading comprehension, writes a researcher in a letter to the editor.
January 11, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Is This the End of 'Three Cueing'?
Lucy Calkins, author of a popular reading curriculum, is taking a step away from the method, which isn't based in science. Will others follow?
Sarah Schwartz, December 16, 2020
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 Braydan Finnerty, 2nd grade, chooses letter magnets off the board while doing a spelling exercise in front of the rest of the class at Beverly Gardens Elementary in Dayton, Ohio.
Second grader Braydan Finnerty, chooses letter magnets while doing a spelling exercise in front of his class at Beverly Gardens Elementary in Dayton, Ohio.
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Reading & Literacy Students' Reading Losses Could Strain Schools' Capacity to Help Them Catch Up
Phonemic awareness, letter sounds, and other early reading skills took a big hit during the pandemic, a new study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 15, 2020
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Reading & Literacy Lucy Calkins Says Balanced Literacy Needs 'Rebalancing'
A recent document signals a major change from the Reading Workshop creator, who previously pushed back on "phonics-centric people."
Sarah Schwartz, October 19, 2020
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Early Childhood Letter to the Editor A Eulogy for Ken Goodman
To the Editor:
Several weeks ago, I spoke with an Education Week reporter about Ken Goodman in anticipation of an obituary about Ken’s passing and legacy (“Kenneth S. Goodman, ‘Founding Father’ of Whole Language, Dead at 92,” May 21, 2020). Great conversation. I looked forward to the tribute. I knew it would be complicated and controversial; Ken was complicated and controversial. But I was sure the controversy would be treated as part of the tribute.
June 9, 2020
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New York City educator Lauren Olivieri teaches a reading lesson in an episode of Let's Learn NYC! The episodes, designed for students ages 3-8 and broadcast on public television, each include read-alouds and work on foundational reading skills.
New York City educator Lauren Olivieri teaches a reading lesson in an episode of Let's Learn NYC! The episodes, designed for students ages 3-8 and broadcast on public television, each include read-alouds and work on foundational reading skills.
Reading & Literacy Early Reading Instruction Takes a Hit During COVID-19
While remote distance learning has presented challenges in every subject and grade level, some teachers and researchers say that early reading instruction is especially problematic.
Sarah Schwartz, June 1, 2020
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Reading & Literacy Kenneth S. Goodman, 'Founding Father' of Whole Language, Dead at 92
Goodman’s theories dominated the teaching of reading for decades, but subsequent research challenged many of his conclusions.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 21, 2020
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Reading & Literacy 'Decodable' Books: Boring, Useful, or Both?
These sound-it-out books designed for young readers aren’t always popular with teachers. But experts say they’re an important tool.
Sarah Schwartz, March 13, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of news stories you may have missed.
March 3, 2020
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Early Childhood Letter to the Editor A Debate Over Phonics Instruction
To the Editor:
In her opinion essay, Heidi Anne E. Mesmer proclaims that explicit instruction in phonics is not enough: Children must be taught print concepts, phonemic awareness, morphology, and fluency (“Phonics Is Just One Part of a Whole,” Feb. 12, 2020).
February 25, 2020
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Reading & Literacy Advocates for Science-Based Reading Instruction Worry California Plan Sends the Wrong Message
California, which has a mixed history when it comes to evidence-based reading instruction, has a plan to use federal funds for literacy programs that some say are out of sync with the science.
Sarah Schwartz, January 30, 2020
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Reading & Literacy Online Summit Getting Reading Right
Discuss the science behind how kids learn to read and explore survey data on what teachers & professors know & believe about early reading.
January 28, 2020
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Reading & Literacy Opinion There Are Four Foundational Reading Skills. Why Do We Only Talk About Phonics?
Foundational reading skills are more than the sum of their parts, so we must integrate how we teach them, writes Heidi Anne E. Mesmer.
Heidi Anne E. Mesmer, January 23, 2020
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Reading & Literacy Preservice Teachers Are Getting Mixed Messages on How to Teach Reading
Professors introduce a mix of reading experts to future teachers, including those whose work conflicts with scientific research on reading.
Madeline Will, January 22, 2020
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