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The Education Week Spotlight on Literacy Instruction is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on 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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Reading & Literacy Explainer How Do Kids Learn to Read? What the Science Says
The debate rages but the science is clear: Teaching systematic phonics is the most reliable way to make sure that kids learn how to read.
Sarah Schwartz & Sarah D. Sparks, October 2, 2019
23 min read
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Reading & Literacy Improving Reading Isn't Just a Teaching Shift. It's a Culture Shift
Flawed methods for teaching reading are passed down through cherished mentors, popular literacy programs, and respected professional groups.
Stephen Sawchuk, December 3, 2019
14 min read
Reading & Literacy Data: How Reading Is Really Being Taught
New survey data show that most K-2 teachers and education professors are using instructional methods unsupported by cognitive science.
Liana Loewus, December 3, 2019
6 min read
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
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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
6 min read
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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
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