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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 22, 2015

Nonfiction Reading: Not Just for English Class

Students are expected to read more nonfiction under the common-core standards--but language arts teachers shouldn't be the only ones responsible for it.

June 17, 2015

Building Lifelong Readers: Do Reward Systems Help?

Developmental psychologist Daniel Willingham says teachers should drop the reading reward systems and simply give students time in class for pleasure reading.

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 10, 2015

Summer Reading Recommendations for Educators

Deborah Meier offers some ideas for educators and policymakers looking for books to inspire and inform this summer.

June 10, 2015

Reading, Common Core, and Choice: Dissecting Gov. Walker's Education C.V.

Gov. Scott Walker was keen to tout his K-12 record in Wisconsin in a recent Iowa newspaper. But what are the facts, and how does the Badger State stack up to the nation?

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 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.

May 14, 2015

Reading Fluency: Why Is It So Hard to Teach?

The leap from decoding to fluent reading for many students is huge.

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