Rethinking Literacy:
Reading in the Common-Core Era

The shifts in literacy instruction envisioned by the Common Core State Standards are among the biggest in recent decades. And they're far-reaching: All but four states have adopted the literacy guidelines. But whether the standards are shining a bright new light on reading or casting an ominous shadow over it remains a point of debate.


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Schools nationwide are revamping reading instruction, involving more disciplines and tilting toward nonfiction, among other changes.
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Many states now require the identification of struggling readers and, in some places, retaining them until their skills are up to par.
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In the 15 years since the National Reading Panel convened, researchers have learned a few things about teaching reading.
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The subject's ascent stems from its emphasis in the common core, feedback from colleges and the workplace, and emerging research.
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To satisfy college and workplace demands, the standards' framers are telling schools to shift more attention to informational text.
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The common standards require science, history/social studies, and other teachers to help their students' literacy development.
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Basal readers rely more on analysis and documentation and less on students’ personal experiences.
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An Albuquerque school focuses on making literacy standards accessible to all—including English-learners.
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Nov. 27, 2 p.m. ET: Literacy and the Common Core: Reflecting on the Research
The common-core standards make dramatic changes in what it means to be literate in the digital age. Guests will discuss what the research says about these demands and how teachers can ensure their students meet the new requirements.

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Dec. 4, 2 p.m. ET: Common Core State Standards: Literacy and English-Language Learners
As educators begin putting the common core into classroom practice, what instructional strategies will they need to bridge the gap between acquiring language and truly mastering academic content for ELLs? This webinar examines how teachers can develop and support literacy and academic language skills of ELLs in the common-core era.

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