Reading teachers matter.

There is no nobler act than to teach someone to read.

Literacy is power.

It is the power to work and to provide for oneself and for one’s family; the power to participate in the civic and social life of our society; the power to learn; the power to pursue happiness.

We must be saved by love.

As teachers and parents we know that the literacy we strive to provide cannot be accomplished alone—we need to work together, and therefore we must be saved by love.

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16 December, 2018

Making the Holidays Happy for Literacy

Happy holidays to all. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving, Chanukah, December Solstice, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, St. Stephen’s Day, New Year’s or any of the myriad of other joyous occasions that mark this time of the...

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Teacher question: I saw you speak recently and you mentioned a few times that schools of high needs should receive more reading instruction compared to schools of low needs. Were you basing your comments on research or your opinion?  Our buildings of high needs students receive fewer instructional reading minutes due to everyone wanting to get a piece of the student for their services (e.g., math needs, reading needs, social skills, specialty school curriculum). Shanahan response: There are no studies that reveal the amount of reading instruction that is necessary or sufficient...

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17 November, 2018

Phonics for Second-Language Learners?

Teacher letter: 30% of our children are second-language learners—mainly from Mexico and Central America. The reason that I’m writing is that our school’s RtI program only provides tier 2 interventions that are aimed at...

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