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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12 January, 2019

Should Kids Pick their Own Reading Texts?

As regular readers of this blog know, there is an entire segment of the literacy community who thinks I’m an idiot. I’ve been married for a long time, so those kinds of judgments don’t usually bother me. But let’...

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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 calendar, I wish you joy and bounty This will be my last entry of 2018. Stay tuned. I have lots of new content about literacy instruction planned for 2019. I hope you will continue to read my blogs and to use the free publications, videos, resources, and other material at Shanahan on Literacy. Be sure to subscribe so that you never miss an entry, and...

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08 December, 2018

My Principal Wants to Improve Test Scores... Is He Right?

Teacher question: I hope and pray that you write about or repost regarding state reading assessments. I just received a call from a frantic academic coach stating that her principal has told her teachers to look at our state test’s...

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