Spotlight on Literacy Instruction

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Literacy Instruction


The Education Week Spotlight on Literacy Instruction is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for the science behind how children learn to read, why it’s challenging to alter established reading practices, and how to make reading instruction more efficient.

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The debate on how to teach early reading has raged for a century. But for the last few decades, the cognitive science has been clear: Teaching young kids how to crack the code—teaching systematic phonics—is the most reliable way to make sure that they learn how to read words.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week

Flawed methods for teaching reading are often passed down through cherished mentors, popular literacy programs, and respected professional groups.
December 4, 2019 – Education Week

New survey data from Education Week show that most K-2 teachers and education professors are using instructional methods that run counter to the cognitive science.
December 4, 2019 – Education Week

Learning how to decode words is essential to becoming a reader. But research shows that building a strong vocabulary and knowledge-base is crucial as well.
December 4, 2019 – Education Week

Foundational reading skills are more than the sum of their parts, so we must integrate how we teach them, writes literacy professor Heidi Anne E. Mesmer.
February 11, 2020 – Education Week

Scaling back small-group instruction could promise dramatic improvements in literacy, argues Mike Schmoker.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week

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