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NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2014 – Exec Summary

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NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2014 Executive Summary Ever so slowly, the United States is taking a harder look at how its teacher preparation schools are improving the quality of the teachers they produce. The signs are everywhere — from proposed federal action to state legislatures and school boards passing new oversight laws and regulations, to Read more…

2014 Teacher of the Year Award: Ashlee Martin

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The National Right to Read Foundation announces the 2014 Patrick Groff Teacher of the Year Award to Alta Murrieta, CA Kindergarten Teacher Ashlee Martin Strasburg, Virginia – President Robert W. Sweet, Jr. today announced the selection of Ashlee Martin as the recipient of the National Right to Read Foundation’s 2014 Patrick Groff Teacher Read more…

Logic of English October 2014 Newsletter

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The Logic of English has published their October 2014 newsletter, full of helpful information and resources: “LOE Parties, school year tools, the LOE Blog, Foundations D coming soon, school pilots!”

Part 3 – Dolores Hiskes – Phonics Pathways

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Editors note:  Since 1996, when we met Dolores and John Hiskes, we have been fans and friends.  Both have contributed so much to America.  John, as a renowned physicist at Livermore Labs, and Dolores as the author of Phonics Pathways.  These are just two of the unsung heroes we have met over the years.  We Read more…

Part 2 – Dolores Hiskes – Phonics Pathways – TODAY

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PHONICS-TALK Volume 67 The Dorbooks Newsletter by Dolores G. Hiskes – October 2014 In Volume 66 we began a three-part series on the history of Dorbooks. “YESTERDAY” was an accounting of how and why Dorbooks began. “TODAY” is a journey of Dorbooks highlights and growth over the years. There are so many wonderful moments in this history Read more…

Pedagogy = The Science and Art of Education

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayana In 2014 much history is being distorted, or ignored.  This is true about the origins of the United States of America, but it is also true about the history of reading instruction.  I came across the webpage below, and thought it was Read more…

The Origin of the Alphabet

In the introduction to his new book, Phonics for Success author and scholar Sam Blumenfeld provides some powerful insights about the origin of the Alphabet.  Here is a portion of what he wrote: “Written English is a purely alphabetic system, regardless of what we may think of its many eccentricities and irregularities. An alphabet, by definition, Read more…

Rudolph Flesch Commentary 1984

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Perhaps you have never read Why Johnny Can’t Read (1955), or Why Johnny Still Can’t Read (1984), but I have. I recall when it was published because I was a student at the University of Maine and was working at the college library in 1958.  It was on the reserve list for education majors. I Read more…

Haskins Laboratory – Yale University – Reading Instruction – 2014

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Since 1960 Haskins Laboratories at Yale University has been a leading source of carefully conducted research on reading instruction in the classroom.  Below are links to the most recent information that can and should guide all reading instruction in the U.S.   It is based on the findings of the 2000 Report of the National Read more…