The early years of reading instruction are critical—there’s little disagreement about that.
But how exactly should reading be taught during that time? That’s been the subject of an abundance of research over the last century—and as much debate.
In this ongoing series, “Getting Reading Right,” Education Week will interrogate the cognitive science behind how kids acquire foundational reading skills, with a focus on the earliest elementary readers, in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Through reporting, explainers, opinion pieces, surveys, and multimedia features, we’ll explore what teachers know about reading and where they learned it, as well as the challenges they face in bringing the research to fruition in K-2 classrooms.
—Liana Loewus, Assistant Managing Editor