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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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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?

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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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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
Foundational reading skills are more than the sum of their parts, so we must integrate how we teach them, writes literacy professor Heidi Anne E. Mesmer.
February 11, 2020 – Education Week
When asked to list which reading researchers’ work they introduce to their preservice classes, professors of education point to a mix of experts, some of whose ideas conflict with the greater body of scientific research on reading, an Education Week survey found.
January 22, 2020 – Education Week
January 15, 2020 – Education Week
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Dispelling Phonics Myths
January 15, 2020 – Education Week
Not a single state requires that administrators prove they understand reading development, write Gail E. Lovette and Kenni L. Alden. Here's why that's such a problem.
December 17, 2019 – Education Week
Flawed methods for teaching reading are often passed down through cherished mentors, popular literacy programs, and respected professional groups.
December 4, 2019 – Education Week
At an Ohio elementary school, teachers who once “did their own thing” are now using structured literacy programs—and despite some initial skepticism, they say they’re seeing gains.
December 4, 2019 – Education Week
An analysis of the five most-used programs for early reading shows that they often diverge from evidence-based practices.
December 4, 2019 – Education Week

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