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A GUIDE TO PHONICS FOR PARENTS & SCHOOLS

See the Phonics Guide in its entirety here > Introduction to phonics Core elements of phonics Advice for teachers Advice for parents FAQs and resources   Chapter 1 Phonics, at its core, breaks spoken words down into their constituent sounds and correlates that with alphabetic symbols, that is, letters and letter groups. The use of Read more…

Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE TM Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade  Released in 2016 Recommendation 1. Teach students academic language skills, including the use of inferential and narrative language, and vocabulary knowledge.  Comment: This implies whole word guessing, and “big books” since students have not yet been taught all the Read more…

NRRF Review of Current College Textbooks for Elementary School Reading Teachers

College Textbook Review for Undergraduate Elementary Teachers Reviewer: Robert W. Sweet, Jr., President, The National Right to Read Foundation. www.nrrf.org April 25, 2017 “At the level of the written word, English is one of the most complex languages in the world. Due to this complexity, most English speakers do not know the basic building blocks Read more…

WHAT EVERY ELEMENTARY K – 3 TEACHER SHOULD KNOW AND BE ABLE TO TEACH

WHAT EVERY K – 3 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER SHOULD KNOW AND BE ABLE TO TEACH Whereas all elementary and special education teachers, especially K – 3 teachers, have the responsibility of teaching all students to read proficiently, and; Whereas the time honored common sense definition of “reading” is the decoding of notated speech of the Read more…

2016 Teacher of the Year Award – Mary-Margaret Scholtens

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE NATIONAL RIGHT TO READ FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES THE 2016 PATRICK GROFF TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD. Strasburg, Virginia – President Robert W. Sweet, Jr. today announced the selection of Mary-Margaret Scholtens as the recipient of the National Right to Read Foundation’s 2016 Patrick J. Groff Teacher of the Year Award.  Scholtens is Read more…

Teacher Prep Review on Reading 2016

Programs Are Demonstrating Significant Progress *SEE THE ENTIRE NCTQ LANDSCAPES REPORT HERE:  http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/findings/landscapes.do The release examines 875 undergraduate elementary teacher programs in 396 public and 479 private colleges and universities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These programs range from the 10 institutions in our sample that prepared a handful of teachers Read more…

National Council on Teacher Quality 2016 Teacher Prep Report

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NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TEACHER QUALITY 2016 REPORT RANKING TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS FOR UNDERGRADUATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS! DECEMBER 8TH 12:01 AM EASTERN TIME WATCH FOR IT!! PLEASE PASS THIS NOTICE ON TO YOUR COLLEAGUES TWEET IT OUT, SHARE IT ON FB, AND EMAIL. MEDIA ADVISORY Media Availability With NCTQ President Kate Walsh Scheduled in Advance of Read more…