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Getting Reading Right: An Education Week Project

In a new ongoing series, EdWeek will interrogate the cognitive science behind how young students acquire foundational reading skills, with a focus on grades K-2, and explore the challenges educators face in teaching kids to read. (October 2, 2019)


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Education Week Quizzes

Quiz Yourself: Struggling Readers
How are schools helping students who are reading below grade level, how can math and reading interventions go hand in hand, and how do mixed-gender classes affect reading scores?

Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Literacy Instruction?
How can students deepen their reading comprehension, what are the kinds of writing that employers prize most, and how is academic language defined?

Special Reports

The Changing Face of Literacy
The advent of computers, smartphone apps, e-books, and other electronic media devices has transformed the way Americans read. Is it changing the way our children learn to read and write as well?

Literacy for the Workplace
The modern workplace is evolving and employers say that students need different kinds of literacy skills in order to thrive in it. Will English classes change in response?

Getting Reading Right
In a new ongoing series, Education Week will interrogate the cognitive science behind how young students acquire foundational reading skills, with a focus on grades K-2, and explore the challenges educators face in teaching kids to read.

Leader to Learn From

César Morales: Recognized for Leadership in Literacy
Superintendent César Morales leveraged his district’s 1-to-1 tablet initiative to create a massive bilingual-literacy campaign and make tens of thousands of electronic books in English and Spanish accessible to students and their families in Oxnard, Calif. He is recognized as a 2017 Leader To Learn From.

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Goodman’s theories dominated the teaching of reading for decades, but subsequent research challenged many of his conclusions.
May 21, 2020 – Education Week
The state of Michigan early Thursday announced a settlement in a lawsuit over poor reading skills that was filed on behalf of Detroit schoolchildren, weeks after a federal appeals court issued a groundbreaking decision recognizing a constitutional right to education and literacy.
May 14, 2020 – AP
These sound-it-out books designed for young readers aren’t always popular with teachers. But experts say they’re an important tool in early reading instruction.
March 18, 2020 – Education Week
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.
March 10, 2020 – Teacher
The principal of a school in Kentucky went back to the drawing board on his school's schedule after hearing author Daniel Pink talk about what children really need.
February 26, 2020 – Education Week
One-on-one time with students can be used to hold a reading conference, do a formal assessment, or collect information by listening to a student read, writes teacher Justin Minkel.
February 25, 2020 – Teacher
Worried that far too many students have weak reading skills, states are passing new laws that require aspiring teachers—and, increasingly, teachers who are already in the classroom—to master reading instruction that’s solidly grounded in research.
February 20, 2020 – Education Week
Many states have recently enacted laws or rules designed to ensure that teachers are well versed in evidence-based reading instruction. Here are some highlights.
March 4, 2020 – Education Week
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.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
The National Council on Teacher Quality has found that the number of elementary programs teaching scientifically based reading instruction is increasing.
January 28, 2020 – Education Week

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