Struggling Learners

Reading & Literacy Online Summit Supporting Struggling Readers: Challenges and Strategies for Educators
Join fellow educators and administrators in this discussion on how to help struggling readers as they catch up on crucial literacy skills.
February 16, 2022
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Special Report Supporting Struggling Readers
This report examines what's known about supporting older readers who need help building their literacy skills and how to do so effectively.
January 4, 2022
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English-Language Learners Essential Practices for Building Literacy in Older English-Learners
Here are some guiding principles and practices to develop and strengthen literacy skills in middle and high school English-learners.
Catherine Gewertz, January 4, 2022
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School & District Management Staffing Shortages Are Hurting Students Who Need Extra Reading Support
As schools try to support older students who need reading help, they’re bumping up against personnel issues due to the pandemic.
Mark Lieberman, January 4, 2022
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Reading & Literacy What Teachers Can Do to Help Struggling Readers Who Feel Ashamed
Students who are ashamed of not being able to read on grade level tend to withdraw from class or act out, experts say.
Madeline Will, January 4, 2022
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Reading & Literacy The Benefits of Intensive Tutoring for Older Readers
Research backs high-impact tutoring for older readers. But schools face barriers including cost and staffing.
Ileana Najarro, January 4, 2022
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Reading & Literacy How Schools Can Support Older Students Who Lag in Reading
Many older students have gaps in their foundational reading skills, limiting their ability to access grade-level work.
Sarah Schwartz, January 4, 2022
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Mathematics Algebra 1 Is a Turning Point. Here’s How to Help Incoming Students
Targeted support is especially urgent in Algebra 1, experts say; the class is a gatekeeper to higher level mathematics.
Sarah Schwartz, June 22, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Is the Bottom Falling Out for Readers Who Struggle the Most?
A growing proportion of 4th and 8th graders read at the lowest level on national tests. Experts are working to understand why.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 15, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Spotlight Spotlight on Blended Learning With a Literacy Focus
In this Spotlight, discover the successes of blended learning and more.
May 14, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Struggling Readers Score Lower on Foundational Skills, Analysis of National Test Finds
The results paint a more detailed picture of students who are designated below basic on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Sarah Schwartz, April 27, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Opinion How a Bathroom Log Helped One Middle School Understand Its Literacy Issues
Reading isn’t just a set of skills. Sometimes we need to explore other avenues to help us assist students to become better readers.
Seth Feldman, April 11, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Advocates for Science-Based Reading Instruction Worry California Plan Sends the Wrong Message
California, which has a mixed history when it comes to evidence-based reading instruction, has a plan to use federal funds for literacy programs that some say are out of sync with the science.
Sarah Schwartz, January 30, 2020
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Education Opinion Why We Should Let Students Struggle
Rigorous coursework helps students learn time management and the costs of procrastination. But too many students are being taught instead to await a bailout, writes guest blogger Loren Baron.
Guest Blogger & Loren Baron, August 23, 2019
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