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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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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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Who's Your Literacy Champion?
Posted on Sep 2, 2020
  • Voyager Sopris Learning
Tags
  • Contest
  • Literacy
  • Professional Development
  • Reading Science
Who's Your Literacy Champion?

Our LETRS Literacy Champion contest asks: “What makes a literacy champion and who is your literacy champion?” The contest also shares the insights of some true literacy champions, like Dr. Louisa Moats, educator Dr. Ebony Lee, Dr. Carol Tolman, Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson, and others. We’re looking for your nominations to add to our hall of fame.

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Completing the Puzzle of Assessment: Rapid Automatized Naming and Its Implications for Instruction
Posted on Aug 12, 2020
  • Julie Klingerman
Tags
  • Assessment
  • Literacy
  • RAN
  • Rapid Automatized Naming
Completing the Puzzle of Assessment: Rapid Automatized Naming and Its Implications for Instruction

Assessment can sometimes feel like that pile of puzzle pieces—which ones fit together? How do data fit together to create a comprehensive picture of a school, classroom, or individual student? Much is now known regarding which skills are highly predictive of later reading outcomes, and several excellent tools are available for this purpose. In kindergarten and first grade, timed tasks including letter naming, basic phonemic awareness, and rapid automatized naming (RAN) provide insight into who is at risk and to a certain extent; why.

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Remote Learning and the Science of Reading
Posted on Aug 6, 2020
  • Jessica Kent
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Professional Development
  • Remote Learning
Remote Learning and the Science of Reading

The science of reading ... has allowed me to transition from a traditional classroom teacher to a virtual classroom teacher. Anyone can open a reading program and read the scripted text, but what happens when you do not have that reading program? LETRS provides you with the why (science) and the how (science) to teach reading, no program needed. LETRS teaches the science of reading which can be applied to any student, while being based on their individual level.

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