Special Report

Teaching Kids How to Read During COVID-19

A Big Remote Learning Challenge
October 21, 2020
Image shows a young student working on a laptop with a teacher.
This special report examines how many of the nation’s elementary schools are staring down a daunting new challenge: teach young children to read, without being able to interact with them in person, using instead digital tools and videoconferencing platforms in sweeping new ways that are mostly untested.

Featuring exclusive survey data on digital reading instruction from the EdWeek Research Center, the report examines how the new consensus on how to best teach reading should be incorporated into digital early literacy curricular materials, the extent to which the digital curricula and literacy tools already in widespread use are integrating the science of reading into their products, the best approaches for teaching reading in remote or hybrid learning environments, and one teacher’s take on how she has handled the challenges of teaching reading during COVID-19.