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Accelerating Reading Progress with High Effect Size – Part 4: Independent Reading Practice

Making a habit out of reading practice can be the key to proficiency Literacy Leaders: This is part 4 of a 6 part series on accelerating reading progress using Dr. John Hattie’s Visible Learning principles. Part 1 provides an overview of high effect sizes. Next, Part 2 focuses on comprehension influences. Then, Part 3 focuses …

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Accelerating Reading Progress with High Effect Size – Part 3: Fluency Influences

Don’t leave fluency behind — it matters more than you think Congrats, literacy leaders! You’ve officially made it halfway through the Latest in Literacy blog’s series on high-impact influences that accelerate reading. You’re just in time, no doubt, to tweak your schools’ trajectories before spring benchmarking and EOY assessments. In our previous article, you zoomed …

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Accelerating Reading Progress with High Effect Size – Part 2: Comprehension Influences

Racing toward assessments, literacy leaders can strategically accelerate reading — now! In our previous article, we dipped into the deep well of research studied by John Hattie in his groundbreaking meta-analyses, called Visible Learning. Today, you’ll dive deeper into one of the most important aspects of successful literacy. In fact, it might be the most …

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Maximize Literacy in 2024: Find What’s Missing from the Science of Reading in Elementary Education

Setting the stage: A critical look at your fall literacy benchmark data As November winds down, it’s time to turn your attention to the success of the Science of Reading in elementary education. It’s time to look critically at your upcoming fall benchmarking data. These figures are more than mere statistics; they measure the effectiveness …

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Teaching Critical Thinking Skills – Using Thinking Skills in Reading

Check out this webinar, Teaching Critical Thinking Skills – Using Thinking Skills in Reading, where Dr. Andrew Johnson examines how critical and creative thinking skills enhance learning. By the end of the webinar, you will: Understand what a thinking skill is Understand the difference between critical thinking and creative thinking Know how to teach thinking …

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D.R.E.A.M. Literacy

A literacy environment should be cultivated by its curriculum.  Learning how to read and develop literacy skills is a process that will benefit a child their entire life.  It is the foundation for other subjects and a manner in which students learn to communicate and learn about their world, near and far. The process to …

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Creating A R.I.C.H. Literacy Environment

Most students either really love to read and find joy in growing and sharpening their literacy skills, or they feel the opposite. Their experience depends on two things- the instructional decisions made and the environment in which they learn.  Educators are often told to create a “literacy rich” or “print rich” classroom setting, but what …

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Finding the Hook

It’s all about the hook. Find what is inspiring to the youth and you find the hook into reading. Take baby steps even if needed. Not interested in reading a book? Start with a graphic novel. Even the old school Baby Sitters Club books are coming back with a vengeance in graphic novel form! Boys! …

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Inclusion and Diversity

Incorporating Equity and Inclusion in Early Childhood Curriculum

Early Childhood Education is a vital foundation for children of tender age. Not only are they introduced to various experiences, but they are also taught how to form and maintain positive social relationships, a sense of belonging, and developing specific skills to reach their full potential. We see regular acts of racism, sexism, and prejudice …

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