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Is Literacy Instruction for English Learners Different from Literacy Instruction for English Speakers?
Posted on Jun 8, 2020
  • Claude Goldenberg
Tags
  • ELL
  • Literacy
Is Literacy Instruction for English Learners Different from Literacy Instruction for English Speakers?

Learning to read in a language you are simultaneously learning to speak and understand is more complicated than learning to read in a language you already know. This is the challenge faced by millions of English learners (ELs) whose English proficiency is low and school achievement generally poor. What do we know about teaching English learners to read and write and develop as English readers and writers?

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What have researchers learned since the 'Science of Reading?’
Posted on May 28, 2020
  • Jay Connor and Sarah Siegal
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Literacy Symposium
  • Reading Science
What have researchers learned since the 'Science of Reading?’

Presentations, webinars, discussions, and blogs about the “Science of Reading” seem to be everywhere these days. These sessions, often with Emily Hanford’s work at the center, cover so much groundbreaking information and generate a lot of empowering conversations, making it all the more exciting to watch the momentum surrounding this topic build. However, these sessions often end with two questions still unanswered in our minds.

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Implementing a Sound Wall: Because We Need to Distinguish Between Sounds and Letters
Posted on May 20, 2020
  • Mary E. Dahlgren
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Reading Science
Implementing a Sound Wall: Because We Need to Distinguish Between Sounds and Letters

Sound walls are becoming more common in classrooms thanks to a clearer understanding of the science of reading. We need to understand why a sound wall is set up differently than an A–Z alphabetical word wall and how to use a sound wall effectively to elevate daily instruction during Tier 1 by reviewing the 44 speech sounds and the options for spelling each of the sounds.

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Phonological 'PH'oundations: Clarifying the Essential 'PH' terms to Maximize Instruction
Posted on May 14, 2020
  • Pamela Kastner
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Reading Instruction
Phonological 'PH'oundations: Clarifying the Essential 'PH' terms to Maximize Instruction

In the years since the National Reading Panel (NRP, 2000) identified essential components for teaching reading and likely long before, the “PH” terms, phonemic awareness and phonics have often been confused, conflated, and used interchangeably. Yet it is essential to have a common language and a deep understanding of each of these terms to maximize instruction.

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An Easy Way To Help Kids Learn At Home: Turn On The Captions
Posted on May 6, 2020
  • Natalie Wexler
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Remote Learning
An Easy Way To Help Kids Learn At Home: Turn On The Captions

A new organization is pushing for children’s TV and video programs to automatically display captions to boost literacy. It’s an easy thing to do, and it has even more research behind it than advocates realize.

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When You’re Inspired, They’re Inspired: Join Us for a Powerful Professional Learning Experience—from the Comfort of Home
Posted on Apr 9, 2020
  • Voyager Sopris Learning
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Literacy Symposium
  • Professional Development
When You’re Inspired, They’re Inspired: Join Us for a Powerful Professional Learning Experience—from the Comfort of Home

This on-demand annual event brings together some of the field’s most influential researchers and practitioners all in one place. Though the symposium is June 18–19, on-demand access means you can see the symposium live, or anytime thereafter. Plus, when you register you also have access to a library containing more than 30 hours of archived webinars.

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