The Importance of Explicit Reading Instruction

Dr. Anita Archer

Dr. Anita Archer

Release Date: January 26, 2021

Explicit reading instruction is an approach to teaching reading that is based on research about the brain and how we learn, combined with structured and sequenced literacy instruction. Join explicit instruction expert Dr. Anita Archer for this informative podcast as she discusses the importance of explicit instruction and how it promotes achievement for students of all reading levels.

During this podcast, we will discuss:

  • What explicit instruction is and how it works hand in hand with systematic reading instruction
  • How explicit instruction benefits students with reading challenges
  • Why explicit reading instruction is especially important in a remote learning environment
  • How to use explicit reading instruction to deliver more effective lessons


Anita L. Archer, Ph.D., is the recipient of 10 Outstanding Educator awards, she has taught elementary and middle school students, and has been a faculty member at San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. Currently, she serves as an educational consultant to school districts on effective instruction, classroom management, language arts instruction, and study skills strategies. She is a nationally known presenter and has authored numerous curriculum materials, chapters, books, and training resources. Among her works are the acclaimed REWARDS® reading program and The Tough Kid® video series.



The REWARDS family is a powerful research-based, short-term, and specialized program for adolescent students in grades 4–12 who struggle reading long, multisyllabic words and comprehending content-area text. With explicit, systemic, teacher-led instruction, this intervention gives students new skills to unlock grade-level content-area text.

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