Literacy

Posted Sep. 15, 2020

Kids Need to Write More. A Lot More.

Growing up with teachers for parents, my siblings and I were taught that writing is an indispensable skill. We attended rigorous schools and enrichment programs…

By Aigner Picou

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young adults could earn their diplomas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 22, 2020

Leveled Texts Are ‘Exhibit A’ for the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

The scene occurs daily in classrooms across the United States. Students, grouped by reading ability, come to the teacher’s table to read their leveled readers—books…

By Catherine Schmidt

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Posted June 12, 2020

Here’s How Remote Learning Could Help Struggling Readers

While we grapple with the COVID-19 health crisis and the many social ills our country is facing, we cannot overlook the fact that one root…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted June 11, 2020
How Oakland Is Tackling the Reading Crisis on Voices4ED

Episode 41: How Oakland Is Tackling the Reading Crisis (ft. Lakisha Young, Dirk Tillotson, and Kareem Weaver)

In this episode, you’ll hear from Oakland activists Lakisha Young, Dirk Tillotson, and Kareem Weaver about the Literacy for All campaign, which is described as…

By Education Post

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Posted May 14, 2020

My Son Cracked the Code in an Atypical Way With a Focus on Phonics

When my three older children learned to read, it seemed to us as natural a process as learning to talk. We read to them every…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 13, 2020

Literacy Needs to Be at the Forefront of Instruction When Schools Reopen

According to the most recent report by the National Association for Educational Progress, 64% of all fourth grade students in America are unable to read…

By Kathryn Starke

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Posted May 1, 2020

I Learned How to Fight for My Child When He Couldn’t Read. Now I Help Other Parents Do the Same.

Advocating for your own kid, or teaching other people—doctors, dentists, teachers, etc.—about your kid, is something you learn as you go along. Even if you…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted Apr. 24, 2020

You Can’t Replace Your Child’s Reading Teacher, But You Can Help Fill the Gaps

If you’re an early childhood educator hunkered down at home with young children, this article is probably not for you. You understand the importance of…

By Lynne S. Kulich, Ph.D.

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Posted Apr. 8, 2020

If We Want Citizens Who Are Critical Thinkers, We Need to Support Them in Becoming Readers and Writers

In March, the National Education Policy Center published a policy statement claiming that policymakers “should realize there is no settled science of reading” and should…

By Zoi A. Traga Philippakos

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

Breonna Taylor Didn’t Get Justice, But It’s Not Too Late to Save Our Kids From a Country Set Out to Kill Them

Before we even get started, I just wanna say that the Grand Jury ruling Breonna Taylor’s killing justified is bullshit.  Now that I’ve gotten that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

Dear Black Students, Your Freedom Will Not Come From What You Learn in School

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Audre Lorde Dear Black Students:  I understand how frustrating it must be to see all the…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

After a Decade of Opposing Voucher Programs, I’m Wondering If I Was Wrong

I smiled at the two little girls seated across the table in the school board conference room but only six-year-old Kayla, wriggling in her pink…

By Laura Waters

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