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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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Struggling to read is more than just a classroom problem—and teachers need support, writes Molly Ness.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
Some of the most important pre-literacy skills begin in infancy. This timeline shows examples of the milestones children meet on their path to fluent reading.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
Want to know if a K-2 classroom is using explicit, systematic phonics or balanced literacy? This visual illustrates some of the main instructional differences between the two approaches to early reading.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
Advocates for phonics and whole language need to start by agreeing on what we even mean by "reading," writes Mia Hood.
September 11, 2019 – Education Week
Is Heart of Darkness racist? Yes, but it's still worth reading, writes student Eilise McLaughlin.
August 28, 2019 – Education Week
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
Even if you're too busy to wade through dense 30-page articles on best practices, don't give up on research, writes educator Cassandra O'Sullivan Sachar.
August 7, 2019 – Education Week
Time pressures cause some teachers to ignore important components of literacy, writes 1st grade teacher Brittany Oakley. Explicit vocabulary instruction is one of them.
July 10, 2019 – Education Week
As schools add more books with main characters of color to their shelves, some teachers are going a step further and examining whether those narratives can reinforce biases.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
We actually know quite a bit about the best way to teach reading, writes Jared Myracle. So why don't we do it?
June 12, 2019 – Education Week

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