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The Education Week Spotlight on the Science of Reading is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on teaching children to read; what struggles are commonly seen; how things may change for educators; and methods being applied.

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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
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Reading & Literacy Schools Already Struggled to Teach Reading Right. Now They Have to Do It Online
The coronavirus, the limits of ed tech, and the often-unscientific way schools teach basic reading skills could mean catastrophe.
Benjamin Herold, September 29, 2020
11 min read
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Classroom Technology How to Teach Reading With a Digital Mindset: Researcher Nell Duke's Advice
Educators need new tools to keep reading instruction consistent and new philosophies for engaging students in remote learning environments.
Mark Lieberman, September 29, 2020
6 min read
Leander Bridges, the assistant principal at Laurel Upper Elementary in Laurel, Miss., sounds out vowels during a training session at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Leander Bridges, the assistant principal at Laurel Upper Elementary in Laurel, Miss., sounds out vowels during a training session at the University of Southern Mississippi.
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Reading & Literacy Will the Science of Reading Catch On in Teacher Prep?
Many teachers leave preservice training without clarity on what the cognitive science says about how students learn to read.
Madeline Will, December 3, 2019
14 min read
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Reading & Literacy Is This the End of 'Three Cueing'?
Lucy Calkins, author of a popular reading curriculum, is taking a step away from the method, which isn't based in science. Will others follow?
Sarah Schwartz, December 16, 2020
13 min read
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Reading & Literacy Opinion Explicit Phonics Instruction: It's Not Just for Students With Dyslexia
After a look at reading research, Kyle Redford concluded that instruction for all children should be like that provided to dyslexic children.
Kyle Redford, March 19, 2019
4 min read
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Assessment Opinion An Open Letter to the NAEP Governing Board
The change under consideration would make the reading test less accurate not more, writes E.D. Hirsch Jr.
E.D. Hirsch Jr., December 1, 2020
3 min read
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