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Monday, October 6, 2014

Wright: Literacy is key to good education

The Clarion-Ledger – Carey White

“Being a good reader is critical to success in school. That’s why Mississippi’s youngest students started this school year with classes that provide a greater emphasis on literacy.” (more)

How To Kill Reading Achievement

Education Next – Robert Pondiscio

“Call it the Iron Law of Pedagogy: Every good teaching idea becomes a bad idea the moment it hardens into orthodoxy.The latest example might be “close reading,” which has become yet another hot-button issue among Common Core critics. But complaints about it bother me less than its potential overuse, or the creeping notion that close reading is what all reading instruction should look like under Common Core. That would be bad for the standards, and even worse for reading achievement in the U.S.” (more)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Closing the gap: Low-performing Florida grade schools add extra reading time

PBS NewsHour – Staff Writer

“The state of Florida recently mandated the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools add an extra hour of reading instruction each day, the first in the country to do so.” (more)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Reading Is About More Than ‘Evidence’

Education Week – Mia Hood

“If we want to prepare students for college and career, let’s teach them the full range of reading required of us in college and career…Let’s teach them not only to use text as evidence to support claims, but also to let the text move, teach, frustrate, confuse, and compel them.” (more)

Helping Your Child Succeed: Bedtime stories help boost children’s brain development

Marianas Variety – Elizabeth Hamilton

“Parents have long known that bedtime stories not only help kids relax and fall asleep more easily, they also create an emotional bond between the storyteller and the listener. What they may not know is there is another essential benefit of this traditional nighttime routine — boosting children’s brain development.” (more)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Arm-twist parents into school story-time, says Rosen

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“Children’s author Michael Rosen has urged primary schools to make parents come and sit on the floor for a grown-up story time.” (more)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

John Kitzhaber to begin big push for parents to tell stories to little kids

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“Kitzhaber and Umqua Bank executive Ray Davis will launch the “stORytime” campaign Monday at Bridger Elementary in Southeast Portland, Kitzhaber aides announced Friday.”(more)

Rise in children passing literacy benchmarks as phonics method pays off

The Guardian – Richard Adams

“Government’s phonics check sees 5% rise in number of five- and six-year-olds passing, with 74% of pupils in England reaching expected standard.”(more)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Don’t overlook your school librarian, they’re the unsung heroes of literacy

The Guardian – Sally Dring

“When talking about teaching and learning, most people don’t immediately think of librarians. But in a school where the librarian or learning resource centre manager is valued and properly made use of, we can teach important skills.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Literacy program helps children read at grade level

The Miami Herald – Alexi C. Cardona

“Two plastic crates filled with children’s books were wheeled into the community center of a housing development in Liberty City. A dozen children chattered as they waited for a cardboard bookshelf to be stocked with the books about colors and numbers, sharks, fairy tales and the adventures of cartoon characters.” (more)