Even though summer programs are funded to prevent the well-documented summer learning loss and even boost overall reading levels, many actually aren’t designed in a way to accomplish those goals. So, what would a program need in order to be the start of the “summer learning gain”?
We have noticed, in our work with districts and communities around the country, that most have way too many literacy programs and supports in play to get to meaningful change.
At every level, and in too many schools across the country, teachers are charged with leading classroom instruction and responding to children all day, and then also analyzing student work and creating lessons…
It’s the time of year when assessments are on nearly every educator’s mind and calendar. So, amidst the frenzy, testing season is an opportunity to share two assessment gaps we’ve identified—gaps that need closing if we want literacy improvement.
Our own research, and that of many others, shows that in elementary and middle schools across the nation, the average time spent on instruction that builds vocabulary, listening and speaking skills hovers around 10%.
At this time of year in classrooms across the country, test-prep strategies are on smartboards and computer screens during literacy blocks…
Despite long hours of preparation, planning, and lesson delivery by hard-working teachers, today’s literacy instruction regularly falls short.
What’s wrong with using this instructional approach to boost literacy?
In Mr. Smith’s third grade classroom, a number of children had trouble with the morning lesson on finding the main idea…
In our institutes, educators talk about the ongoing literacy assessments happening in their classrooms.