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June 30, 2015

Close Reading: A Conversation, Not an 'Interrogation'

In this Q&A, the authors of a new book discuss what good close reading looks like in classrooms, and why teachers shouldn't be afraid of it.

June 23, 2015

Is Your District Missing the Digital Literacy Boat?

When it comes to purchasing and utilizing digital books, school and district leaders need to do their homework.

June 12, 2015

Can Most Kindergartners Really Tackle 'Emergent-Reader Texts?' Coaches Say Yes

The ongoing debate about whether the kindergarten common-core standards are "developmentally appropriate" doesn't take a basic question into account: Are most 5- and 6-year-olds capable of learning to read?

June 09, 2015

Kent Williamson, Head of English Teachers' Group for 15 Years, Dies at 57

The former executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English died June 7 after a long illness.

May 28, 2015

Literacy Expert: Weak Readers Lack Fluency, Not Critical Thinking

Students who are far from reading on grade level should not be expected to meet the higher expectations of the Common Core State Standards in a year or two, said literacy expert David Liben.

May 28, 2015

3 Ways to Infuse Global Learning Into Summer Programs

How can global education engage students in summer learning?

May 26, 2015

Are You Amazon Literate?

Guest writer, Ross Cooper discusses the need to make teachers Amazon literate for lifelong learning.

May 14, 2015

Study: Summer Reading Loss Reversed When Students Get Books to Keep

Summer reading loss was not only stopped, but turned around among low-income students in a two-year study of a program developed by Reading is Fundamental that gave away hundreds of thousands of books.

April 30, 2015

Obama Announces Effort to Bring Free E-Books to Low-Income Children

Today at a library in southeast Washington, President Barack Obama announced that major book publishers have committed to making 10,000 e-books, worth a total of about $250 million, freely available to students.

April 28, 2015

How Much Reading Should We Expect of Kindergartners? A Look at the Standards

The Common Core State Standards require students to "read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding" by the end of kindergarten. How different is that from previous standards?

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