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Spotlight on Reluctant Readers

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The Education Week Spotlight on Reluctant Readers is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on how writing practices can improve reading skills, how educators are boosting reading comprehension, and what classroom methods educators are using to grow readers.

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Ashley Palmer, a kindergarten teacher in Matthews, Mo., works with students on letter names using flashcards.
Ashley Palmer, a kindergarten teacher in Matthews, Mo., works with students on letter names using flashcards.
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Reading & Literacy More Than Phonics: How to Boost Comprehension for Early Readers
Learning how to decode words is essential to becoming a reader. But building a strong vocabulary and knowledge-base is crucial as well.
Sarah Schwartz, December 3, 2019
10 min read
Image of a very young reader in the library.
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
9 min read
Reading & Literacy Stop Using the Label 'Struggling Reader,' Author Jacqueline Woodson Advises
The bestselling author of the memoir-in-verse Brown Girl Dreaming was recently named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Here's how she plans to use her new platform.
Brenda Iasevoli, February 5, 2018
6 min read
Student Well-Being These Schools Filled Vending Machines With Books. Will It Motivate Reading?
Principals and teachers hope these book vending machines will encourage good behavior and foster a love of reading. They might—but schools should make sure they don't discourage already reluctant readers, says one researcher.
Sarah Schwartz, February 28, 2020
4 min read
Teaching Opinion 'Writing Directly Benefits Students' Reading Skills'
Five experienced educators discuss how writing instruction can support the development of reading skills for students throughout K-12 and provide tips for doing that important work.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 5, 2020
18 min read
Reading & Literacy Opinion Bringing the Joy of Read-Alouds to Middle School Students
Reading aloud is a strategy elementary school teachers have capitalized on for generations. But we can use storytelling and drama to get older students engaged and loving literature, too, writes teacher Christina Torres.
Christina Torres, November 20, 2019
5 min read
Reading & Literacy Opinion How to Make Reading Instruction Much, Much More Efficient
Scaling back small-group instruction could promise dramatic improvements in literacy, argues Mike Schmoker.
Mike Schmoker, November 19, 2019
4 min read