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Summer Reading Lists Abound on the Web

Education World – Gary Hopkins

“Today, Education World surveys some of the best children’s summer reading lists on the Web. Here, you’ll find an overview of great lists that you or your school’s staff might use to create your own summer reading program. Every educator knows it. So do most parents. Summer reading is essential for kids!” (more)

Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning

Ed Surge – Malvika Bhagwat

“What leads to reading success? In my view, success with reading doesn’t follow from drill and kill practices that stifle interest and motivation. Rather, it follows from nurturing a love of reading and closing the reading engagement gap—the discrepancy between how students engage with modern digital content and how they engage with traditional texts in school.” (more)

Finding the Source of Reading Difficulties

Edutopia – Ana Wright

“It’s a common refrain heard in upper elementary and middle school teachers’ lounges: “These kids can’t read!” But what do we really mean when we say a child can’t read? Too often, we don’t know what we mean—we just know that the child’s needs seem too overwhelming for us to address. As a result, intervention in these cases often looks like more test prep passages, more graphic organizers, more annotation strategies. All of this doesn’t treat the underlying causes of the child’s reading difficulties—instead, it frustrates the child and the teacher further.” (more)

A Magical Summer Reading List

Edutopia – L.L. Barkat

“The phenomenon of the summer slide is well established. It relates to a number of factors that aren’t always simple, though for families and communities with resources it’s a fairly straightforward matter of being aware and finding easy ways to keep kids reading. But regardless of resources, using fairy tales in summer is one great solution with younger kids.” (more)

Pre-to-3: Research finds reading aloud has many benefits, from birth on

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“Parents and early-childhood educators know that reading aloud to young children builds their vocabularies and supports other early literacy skills. But a recently published study also shows a positive connection to better behavior, such as less hyperactivity, when the children are ready to enter kindergarten.” (more)

Borsuk: Wisconsin Reading Corp tutors combat literacy crisis one child at a time

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel – Alan J. Borsuk

“As someone recently put it to me, improving Wisconsin’s overall results in reading will not come from pushing one button. It will require pushing maybe 10 buttons. A lot needs to be done. Some of the buttons that should be pushed connect to what goes on in school. Some connect to things beyond school, including what happens at home and what happens in a child’s earliest years. Some may not be so hard to push; others are enormous challenges. I hope — I even expect — that the Wisconsin Reading Corps will be a button that brings good results.” (more)