Author:Leib Lurie

Life In Literacy Train

Born to the Cause: My Life in Literacy

I was ten years old when I found myself gazing with wonder at the brass chandeliers, marble floors, carved woodwork and dozens of stern portraits gazing down on us in the ornate and imposing hearing room in the U.S. Capitol. It was the 1960s and my...

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Expanded Learning on the playground

Growing Students Through Expanded Learning

There are, on average, 180 days in an elementary school year in the United States. Each day is roughly seven hours. That time does not include weekends for students. Months of school and hours of homework are not always enough to cover every topic. Fortunately,...

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Involving Parents in Education

When children first begin to explore reading, it is not a solitary activity. Parents spend time with their children teaching them to read. The lessons can be as straightforward as sitting down and reading with your children or as subtle as getting them to read...

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Closed Captions while watching television.

Closed Captions Help Reading

Finland has long been one of the top countries in the world regarding reading scores. The last time that the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores, Finland was ranked fourth in the world. The Finnish...

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Summer Slide Parent reading with child

Why Fighting the Summer Slide Matters

In the mid-19th century, students did not see anything like the modern summer break. The rise of the summer break in schools is a product of a shift from rural to urban living. Early cities were hot and dirty. Parents who could leave the city...

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Grade Level Reading

Why Grade Level Reading is Critical for Students

There are milestones that every family looks forward to in the development of their children. The first night they sleep all night. Their first steps. The first words they speak. The first day they attend school (and the last day). Starting that awkward trek from...

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Teach Social Skills Charlotte's Web

Want to Teach Social Skills? Start with Reading

Readers pick up books to be entertained by the stories they tell. Take Charlotte’s Web for example. It is the story of a girl, Fern, and a runt-of-the-litter pig named Wilbur. Wilbur learns that he is being fattened up for Christmas dinner, which rightfully saddens...

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Colorful School Library

The Importance of a School Library

Information, once something that trickled into our lives through newspapers, radio, television, and encyclopedias, now pours into our lives at a staggering rate. We have generated as much information in the last two years as we have in the rest of human history. In one...

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