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September 02, 2009

Fear Not Big Government on Standards, Says Fordham

Someone must "own" the ongoing common standards effort, Fordham argues.

August 28, 2009

Arne Duncan's Reading List

Arne Duncan talks about what his kids read at home, and what his parents read to him.

July 01, 2009

Spotlight on Reading from EdWeek

EdWeek is publishing a potpourri of stories on reading, chosen by its staff. The collection is part of our "Spotlight" series, which covers various education topics. This one focuses on some of the major questions facing reading educators and experts today, including early literacy, the role of educ...

June 18, 2009

The Teacher as Reader

Who wants to learn to read from a teacher who doesn't read much herself? It seems there's no danger of a child being in that situation if he or she has Donalyn Miller as a teacher. She's a 6th grade language arts and social studies teacher in Texas, who is otherwise known as "the book whisperer." N...

June 17, 2009

Revisiting Reading First

MDRC has just put out a policy brief summarizing the impact of Reading First, the flagship reading program under the No Child Left Behind Act for which funding was eliminated in fiscal 2009. Since I'm new to the curriculum beat, I walked past two rows of office cubicles to the desk of my colleague ...

June 16, 2009

Draft Literacy Bill Would Increase Funding for Grades 4-12

This summer, some members of the U.S. Congress hope to introduce a comprehensive literacy bill, which I wrote about in this week's pages of Education Week. The bill would authorize $2.4 billion for reading and writing programs serving children along a continuum of birth to grade 12. It would increas...

June 03, 2009

Ask an Expert About High School Literacy

The National High School Center, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and housed at the American Institutes for Research, is hosting a discussion about how literacy can be improved in high schools. Terry Salinger, the managing director and chief scientist for reading at the AIR, is av...

May 29, 2009

Gleanings From a 'Funders Forum' on Adolescent Literacy

Private and public funders of adolescent literacy convene in the nation's capital to talk about their priorities for the future.

May 26, 2009

Reading Expert: Free Reading Isn't the Be All and End All

What Michael L. Kamil, a reading researcher at Stanford University who was a guest on an EdWeek live chat today on adolescent literacy, has to say about free reading may surprise you. A transcript is now available. Here was the question: "What is your opinion of allowing students time in class to r...

May 15, 2009

The Next Federal Reading Initiative Could be Broadest Yet

A draft bill is circulating and could be introduced in Congress later this year which details a federal reading effort that would target children of all ages, essentially from birth to high school. The proposal includes many of the tenets of Reading First, but also includes writing and motivation as key components of effective literacy instruction.

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