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Spotlight on Recharging Reading Success

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The Education Week Spotlight on Recharging Reading Success: Getting Your Struggling Readers Back on Track is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on how teachers are implementing scientific research on reading into curriculum, how schools are helping students foster a love of reading, and how teachers are using writing to compliment reading instruction.

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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
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
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.
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.
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Reading & Literacy A Look Inside One Classroom's Reading Overhaul
At an Ohio school, teachers who once “did their own thing” are now using structured literacy programs—and they say they’re seeing gains.
Catherine Gewertz, December 3, 2019
9 min read
Image of a very young reader in the library.
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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
9 min read
Teaching Opinion Connecting Reading & Writing 'Is a High-Leverage Move'
Five educators recommend strategies for using reading instruction as a tool to improve students' writing skills, including through the use of informal writing and sections of reading texts students can use as models for their writing.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 25, 2020
14 min read
Reading & Literacy Opinion Why I Created 'Book Groups' for My Students
Teacher Christina Torres wanted to create an in-class, curricular space for her students to build in-depth relationships with books. And she thought that if she let them choose what they read, they might value literature more.
Christina Torres, March 10, 2020
5 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