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In 2024, education will build systems that champion the science of reading

Key points: A focus on strengthening literacy through the science of reading will continue into the new year See also: 4 simple ways to put the science of reading into practice See also: Using tech to teach emerging readers high frequency words For more news on literacy, visit eSN’s Innovative Teaching page Driven in part by Mississippi’s success in improving

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4 simple ways to put the science of reading into practice

Key points: Students are struggling with reading proficiency, and the pandemic made it worse Stronger literacy skills boost students’ confidence and motivation See related article: Implementing the science of reading ‘one bite at a time’ For more news on the science of reading, see eSN’s Innovative Teaching page In districts across the country, educators are continuing to support students with

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Data really is the secret sauce in the K-12 classroom

Key points: Along with all of the educational technology that’s made its way into the K-12 classroom over the last 10 years, we also now have a constant stream of useful, actionable data that we can use to improve student outcomes. This is especially true with literacy, where it’s all too easy to lose track of student progress and performance

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Study: Students Who Read Print Learn More Than Those Who Read Tablets

A new study finds that students who read print texts understand the content better than those who read the same text on a handheld digital device such as a tablet. The findings could have implications for how digital devices are used in schools, says Ladislao Salmerón, the study’s lead author.  Salmerón, a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of

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Teacher helps implement the science of reading ‘one bite at a time’

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters. Indiana is in the midst of an enormous undertaking to improve literacy rates. The approach: Align state standards, curriculum, and teacher training programs with practices rooted in the science of reading, which emphasizes phonics to help students decode words. Create your Free Account to Continue Reading eSchool

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What students are reading

Stay up-to-date with the INNOVATIONSin K-12 Education Newsletter Sign Up Hidden Select the title describing your job function Hidden Where do you work? Hidden State Hidden Country Hidden Email Newsletters: Source: https://www.eschoolnews.com/innovative-teaching/2023/10/11/what-students-are-reading/

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More States Are Screening for Dyslexia. We Need a Plan for What Happens Next.

Researchers estimate that dyslexia affects one in five individuals. Yet, it is often misdiagnosed or missed entirely. Even more common than a misdiagnosis is the likelihood that a student with dyslexia will find themself in a classroom without the resources to become a successful reader. In fact, according to the International Dyslexia Association, only about 5 percent of students who

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The intersection of the science of reading and edtech

Key points: While this fall marks my 38th year in education, it has been 28 years since I was a classroom teacher. Teaching elementary school was the hardest job I ever had, but there are many parts of the role I miss. This time of year, I especially miss the opportunity to teach young learners to read and write. As

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A recipe for using explicit phonics instruction in reading lessons

Key points: Evidence-based reading research, or what many refer to as the Science of Reading, has been a much-discussed topic within the literacy landscape for the past few years. While it may seem like the “next new thing” in reading instruction, the theory, research, and instructional best practices are based on historical, neurological, and scientific understanding of how the human

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I work with struggling readers–here’s what’s standing in their way

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters.” I learned to love reading as a kid, spellbound by wizarding worlds and ghost stories. I wanted to share this love, so I became an intervention teacher, working with struggling readers and special education students.  Kids love reading. I don’t care what think pieces say about screen addiction, children

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The Social Institute Expands Curriculum to Educate and Empower Third-Grade Students 

Durham, N.C.– The Social Institute announced that it has expanded its pioneering peer-to-peer learning technology to meet the needs of third-grade students, available starting Fall of 2023. This gamified approach to supporting student well-being, called #WinAtSocial, empowers students to navigate their social world positively — including social media and technology — to fuel their health, happiness, and future success. The

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3 ways to keep students reading this summer

Key points: By fostering stronger educator and caregiver communication, students can be better equipped to retain learning this summer In order to inspire a lifelong love reading, consider guiding students to identify reading opportunities that complement their interests in their daily lives See related article: 6 ways to help reluctant readers become booklovers It’s been great to see students’ faces

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A guide to teaching literacy across the curriculum

What does it mean to teach literacy across the curriculum? As educators, we know that literacy is key for students’ success both in the classroom and beyond. But how do we build literacy skills? And whose job is it to teach literacy, anyway?  While you might think of literacy as a function of the Language Arts cassroom, the truth is

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Schools and Districts in Eight States Make Big Investments in Lexia Aspire Professional Learning

BOSTON – Months after the launch of Lexia Aspire™ Professional Learning, schools and districts in California, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin have invested in  licenses to make the self-paced digital solution available to teachers. Offered by Lexia, a  Cambium Learning Group company, Lexia Aspire Professional Learning is a new flexible, professional learning solution that is grounded

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Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Assessment a Qualified Dyslexia Screening Tool for Grades K–3

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.—The GaDOE recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Assessment as a Qualified Dyslexia Screening Tool for Grades K–3. School districts across the state can now use the program’s online Diagnostic and offline literacy assessment tasks to support with the identification and referral of students who exhibit characteristics of dyslexia. Today, the i-Ready program serves more than 11.5 million students

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One8 Foundation Announces $5.7m In Statewide Grants For Districts To Implement Ignite! Reading’s Virtual, One-On-One Literacy Tutoring Program

BOSTON – The One8 Foundation today announced it is providing over $5.7 million in grants to 13 Massachusetts school districts to implement Ignite! Reading’s one-on-one, virtual-powered literacy tutoring for 3,000 first grade students this fall. The One8 Foundation is expanding schools’ ability to access programs like Ignite! Reading by providing grants to schools that offset the costs of adopting new

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3 essential tools to make elementary science easier

Key points: Interactivity and engaging resources can make science more approachable Elementary school teachers need easy-to-use science tools that will grab students’ attention During my time as a kindergarten teacher, I learned three major lessons about our youngest learners’ relationship to science. Specifically, I learned that elementary school students are predisposed to being excited to learn about their world, are

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5 long-term benefits of our online literacy programs

Key points: Online literacy programs help educators differentiate instruction Engaging literacy solutions help students absorb learning material When we started using a new literacy program 10 years ago, our reading scores were mediocre. Within a few years we had moved up to being a Level 1+ school, which is one of the highest rankings for Chicago Public Schools’ rating system

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While ‘Diverse’ Books Remain Under Siege, a New Collection for Kids Celebrates Latino Stories

If a children’s book makes a splash on the news or social media these days for being under threat of bans from libraries, there’s almost a guarantee that the book deals with racially diverse characters, any mention LGBTQ+ issues, or both. It’s in this environment that a new collection of books was recently released, one designed for elementary school classrooms.

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Ohio Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Assessment an Approved Dyslexia Screener for Grades K–3

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.—The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Assessment as an approved Comparable Assessment to Ohio’s K–3 Diagnostic Assessment for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee with Dyslexia Screening (K–3 Diagnostic/Dyslexia Screener) and Tier 1 Dyslexia Screening Measure (Dyslexia Screener). Starting in the 2023–2024 school year, districts across the state can now use i-Ready’s online Diagnostic

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How to support reluctant readers with literacy strategies

Literacy is the foundation upon which all learning is built. Without strong reading skills, students will struggle as they progress through their education. This need is non-negotiable and becomes even more urgent in light of the nation’s latest–and first post-pandemic–reading scores, which have seen their biggest drop since 1990. Nearly two-thirds of students from grades four through 12 aren’t considered

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