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Literacy Research

  • Reading Research Inspires Summer Book Bus

    Abington Elementary School slowed the summer slide with a summer book bus.

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    Bringing Low Reading Achievement Into Focus

    How can educators help low-achieving readers after third grade?
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    Part Two: When Texts Are Too Complex

    Part two of two blogs on what to do when text complexity stymies students.

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    What's a Teacher to Do When a Complex Text is Too Difficult for Some Readers?

    Part one of two about the challenges of text complexity.

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    Never Underestimate the Power of Popular Culture

    Engaging with movies, video games, and the like can be a powerful classroom tool.
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    U.S. Dept of Ed Calls for Strong Home/School Connection

    Nell K. Duke by Nell K. Duke
    University of Michigan
    November 20, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Education launched an initiative to strengthen family and community engagement practices in U.S. schools.

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    Hidden Strengths of Emerging Bilingual Readers

    In a recent study, children who appeared to have minimal comprehension of English texts when they were required to discuss these texts in English, revealed rich comprehension when they were allowed to talk about the texts using their native Spanish.
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    Should we be teaching 100 sight words to kindergartners?

    Research shows that drilling sight words with kindergartners is not nearly as successful as teaching them in text, particularly rhyming text.
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    What is Your Advice for Getting the School Year Off to a Good Start?

    The beginning of the school year is an exciting time, however, the first few days of school involve more than just fun icebreakers and syllabi creation.
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    Response to NCTQ's 2014 Teacher Education Report


    by Peter Afflerbach, Annemarie Sullivan Palinscar, Virginia Goatley, and P. David Pearson
    June 25, 2014

    The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) issued its second review of teacher preparation programs June 17. We see little in the 2014 report to change our stance from last year regarding their efforts to assess the quality of teacher education for literacy instruction.

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