Category: Evidence Based Reading Instruction

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…

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…

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…

Floppy Phonics in Mumbai

http://www.nrrf.org/floppy-phonics-mumbai https://www.floppysphonics.com Mumbai: The recently culminated Phonics and Reading skills workshop for international schools in Mumbai organized by Oxford University Press India met with . The workshop, spread over 3 days, was conducted by Mrs. Kate Nash, an International Teacher Trainer from UK, at the Bombay Cambridge School in Andheri (East). Kate has over 35 Read more…

NEW!!! Downloadable List of NRRF Approved Products, AND Professional Development Opportunities

Since NRRF was founded in 1993, we have offered, at no cost, a list of reading instructional materials that can be used for teaching any child, or adult to read proficiently.  It is our belief that a “rising tide lifts all boats,” and thus we offer our best judgement on the products we list here. Read more…

A Century of Miseducation of America’s Teachers

Editors Note:  I wrote this article 20 years ago.  I re-read it recently, and it is astounding so little has changed. Illiteracy, especially in our inner cities, remains unacceptably high.  According to the Annie Casey Foundation Kids Count Report, 84% of African American 4th grade students cannot read proficiently.  Hispanic 4th graders don’t fare much Read more…

Criteria for Evaluating Commercial Reading Programs – 2016

The National Right to Read Foundation Criteria for evaluating K – 3 Reading Programs NRRF endorses reading programs that are consistent with the findings of the 2016 Practice Guide of the United States Department of Education (USDOE), What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), and the Report of the National Reading Panel (NRP). The NRP five components of Read more…