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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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Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes in the Context of COVID-19
Posted on Apr 22, 2020
  • Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith
Tags
  • Assessment
  • COVID Slide
  • COVID-19
  • Remote Learning
Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes in the Context of COVID-19

The circumstances in which we find ourselves as educators at this moment call for flexible and reflective thinking about the goals toward which we might aim and the goals that we might set for our students. I believe we will need to adjust our goals, and likely readjust them again at a later time. Ultimately, this means we will need to be flexible with expectations.

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What Works in the Teaching of Writing?
Posted on Mar 25, 2020
  • Dr. Leslie Laud
Tags
  • ELA
  • Elementary
  • secondary
  • Writing
What Works in the Teaching of Writing?

Writing well can be taught. While teachers may hold a clear vision for how they would like their students to write, getting students to produce effective and beautiful writing independently can remain elusive. Teaching students how to self-regulate when writing dramatically lifts not just the quality of writing, but overall literacy.

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