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The RAVE-O Approach: Building Fluency Among Students with Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) Weaknesses
Posted on Oct 1, 2020
  • Melissa Orkin
Tags
  • Fluency
  • Rapid Automatized Naming
  • Reading Instruction

This blog was written to unpack the development of fluency, particularly among struggling readers and those with Rapid Automatized Naming weaknesses. I will highlight recent research that implies fluency results when students simultaneously activate multiple aspects of word knowledge. That means as fluent students encounter words, they initially retrieve information about letters and corresponding sounds, but nearly instantaneously also activate additional aspects of word knowledge like vocabulary, parts of speech, grammar, and morphological information.

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2020 Alabama Aspiring Teacher Scholarship Winner Wants to Change Lives
Posted on Sep 17, 2020
  • Voyager Sopris Learning

The 2020 Aspiring Teacher Scholarship was sponsored by LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), Voyager Sopris Learning’s landmark professional learning series on the science of reading. Alabama uses LETRS as a key part of its statewide literacy initiative to teach educators the science of reading and give them the skills to teach language and literacy to every student, even those with reading challenges like dyslexia.

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

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

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

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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Middle School: A Return to Learning and Literacy Success
Posted on Jul 29, 2020
  • Wendy Farone
Tags
  • Learning Loss
  • middle school
  • Remote Learning

After time away from live classroom instruction and what middle schoolers knew as the “norm,” how can we make the transition back to school easier, to engage students in learning immediately, and to effectively create literacy success for all students?

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