In this fast-paced world, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest news and research from so many different sources. What’s true? What’s not? Who is reliable? Who is just trying to sell the latest fad? In an effort to keep you in the loop, we have provided a few of our favorite links below. This issue, we look at two powerful calls for better teacher preparation for reading instruction. We also explore how the brain processes text when reading or listening.
- “An Open Letter to All Who Care About Making Sure Every Child in America Learns to Read”
In this open letter, Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, issues a call to action: We have the science that tells us why many children struggle to learn to read and the practices that can help them—it’s well past time for teacher preparation programs to actually implement those research-based practices. Until we do, we are failing those children and the teachers who so strongly want them to succeed.
- “Why Millions of Kids Can’t Read and What Better Teaching Can Do About It”
This story adapted from Emily Hanford’s longer audio documentary Hard Words describes what happened in Bethlehem, PA public schools from 2015–2018. During that time the school district implemented best practices based on the science of how children learn to read. We hear from the chief academic officer and educators in the district, as they experience a remarkable shift in their students’ reading ability and self-esteem.
- “Is Listening to a Book the Same Thing as Reading It?”
This opinion piece from Daniel T. Willingham, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, appears in the Gulf News, an English newspaper in the United Arab Emirates. He examines the similarities and differences between how people process language when they listen versus reading. We won’t spoil his answer to “Is listening to a book the same thing as reading it?” Click through to read his interesting analysis.
- Looking for Expert Guidance to Help Struggling Readers in Your Classroom?
IDA’s Perspectives on Language and Literacy is loaded with practical articles written by experts in the field for educators and other professionals dedicated to the identification and intervention of dyslexia and other related learning differences.
- Dyslexia Events, Conferences, and Workshops Near You
March is a busy time for IDA! Check out the upcoming events, conferences, and workshops hosted by IDA Branches, Global Partners, and the IDA home office.
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