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Moments of Gratitude in the Time of COVID
Posted on Nov 19, 2020
  • Lucy Hart Paulson
Tags
  • COVID-19
  • Early Literacy
  • Reading Science
  • Remote Learning
  • Science of Reading
Moments of Gratitude in the Time of COVID

What an upside-down, unpredictable, and uncertain world we live in right now, or that is what the media would like us to think. Step back, take a big breath, and reflect on what makes you grateful.

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Introducing the Dr. Louisa Moats Award
Posted on Nov 11, 2020
  • Tammy Robacker
Tags
  • Contest
  • Louisa Moats
  • Reading Science
  • Science of Reading
Introducing the Dr. Louisa Moats Award

Applications are now being accepted for the Dr. Louisa Moats Award for Excellence Implementing the Science of Reading, sponsored by Voyager Sopris Learning. This prestigious award recognizes LETRS Champion districts or schools for their excellence using the science of reading and LETRS professional learning.

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Reflections on the 2019 NAEP: Where Do We Go Now?
Posted on Nov 5, 2020
  • Dr. Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Mississippi
  • NAEP
  • Reading Science
  • Science of Reading
Reflections on the 2019 NAEP: Where Do We Go Now?

Results of the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are in, and the picture is not pretty when it comes to fourth grade reading scores.

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Embracing the Challenge—Teaching K–5 Students to Read
Posted on Oct 29, 2020
  • Linda Hafen
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Reading Instruction
  • Reading Intervention
  • Reading Science
  • Science of Reading
Embracing the Challenge—Teaching K–5 Students to Read

Studies that emphasize both classroom instruction and supplemental intervention programs have found that all but two percent to five percent of students can learn basic reading skills in first grade, even in populations where the incidence of poor reading is very high.

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Spotlight on Social-Emotional Learning and its Inextricable Tie with Language and Literacy Development
Posted on Oct 22, 2020
  • Brandi Kenner
Tags
  • Early Childhood
  • Early Literacy
  • Social-Emotional Literacy
Spotlight on Social-Emotional Learning and its Inextricable Tie with Language and Literacy Development

Social-Emotional Learning has become a hot topic for education audiences from practitioners to researchers, and even curriculum developers. However, while the social-emotional domain is certainly a critical component of human learning and development, I push the educational and scientific communities to remove the silos and begin to grapple with the inextricable ties between social-emotional learning and other aspects of learning and skill development, particularly in the language and literacy domain.

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Dyslexia and Structured Literacy: Why I Fell in Love with Phonemic Awareness
Posted on Oct 15, 2020
  • Leslie Mata
Tags
  • Dyslexia
  • Literacy
  • Structured Literacy
Dyslexia and Structured Literacy: Why I Fell in Love with Phonemic Awareness

The Structured Literacy approach has been found to be particularly effective with learners with dyslexia because it focuses on decoding skills, which are critical components of finding success in reading. By emphasizing spelling patterns (instead of specific words), I can lead my students toward using decoding as a strategy, rather than them trying to memorize words by their appearance. It’s true—“Memorization is Not Understanding.”

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