Category: Evidence Based Reading Instruction

Can’t we all get on the same page here?

This recent post is from Kate Walsh, the president of NCTQ (National Council on Teacher Quality): “Researchers long ago identified the reading methods which would reduce the current deplorable rate of reading failure from 30% to somewhere well south of 10%—if only schools would take that step.” Read on at http://www.nctq.org/commentary/article.do?id=206…  

Stanislas Dehaene: Problems with Whole Word Reading

Stanislas Dehaene is  the cognitive neuroscientist who wrote the groundbreaking book Reading in the Brain. Check out this video of his talk at the World Innovation Summit for Education 2012. The first 15 minutes captures his essential research salient to our work: Problems with whole word reading (why we cannot emphasize “sight word” reading) The Read more…

3 Reasons Why More Reading Won’t Build Kid’s Vocabulary

At the National Right to Read Foundation, we’re constantly on the lookout for excellent articles and research that helps students learn to read more effectively. This is an excellent, quick read from The Australian Society for Evidence Based Teaching that demonstrates how to better build kids’ vocabularies. Research shows that enriching students’ vocabulary improves their reading, Read more…

University of Southern Maine – Webinar -Reading and the Brain

Reading and the Brain Reading and the Brain is presented by Dr. Christopher Kaufman. Dr. Kaufman is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. He has practiced for 27 years as both a school and clinical child psychologist across a range of educational and clinical settings. Dr. Kaufman provides brain-based learning workshops/trainings for teachers, clinicians, Read more…

How Spelling Supports Reading – Dr. Louisa Moats

How Spelling Supports Reading And Why It Is More Regular and Predictable Than You May Think Dr. Louisa Moats Here is a summary paragraph that is found at the end of Dr. Moats article.  You may read the entire article if you click the link below. Spelling instruction may be old fashioned, but its impor- Read more…

Preventing literacy failure and shifting the whole Bell Curve up

Here is an excellent explanation of what has been happening for a century all over the English speaking world, and why illiteracy is so rampant.  It is time to “shift the bell curve.”  Show this Youtube video to your child’s teacher…watch it together.  Ask WHY this approach is NOT used in YOUR child’s school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mafVooDom8k Read more…

Sam Blumenfeld – A Lifetime of Service – A Giant Intellect – A Good Friend

Sam Blumenfeld – Remembered For nearly 35 years of the nearly 90 years Sam lived among us, he was my friend.  Sam became a mentor and my teacher in 1983 when I met him at a conference of the Reading Reform Foundation conference in Toronto, Canada.  He was a speaker and his scholarly, gentle, yet Read more…

Five Myths of Phonics – The Logic of English

Five Myths of Phonics This simple word, defined by Merriam Webster as a method of teaching people to read and pronounce words by learning the sounds of letters, letter groups, and syllables, has been at the center of an educational debate that has continued for over a century. The debate has been so fierce, some Read more…

National Research on Reading Instruction: A Fifty Year Summary

RESEARCH FINDINGS IN READING INSTRUCTION ARE SETTLED SCIENCE 1967 Learning to Read: The Great Debate, Jeanne Chall, Harvard University. Findings: A code emphasis tends to produce better overall reading achievement by the beginning of fourth grade than a meaning emphasis. At about the end of the first grade, meaning-emphasis programs tend to affect comprehension and Read more…

New Zealand – Massey University – Literacy Study – 2015

Hekia Parata 8 APRIL, 2015 Research project to improve literacy outcomes Education Minister Hekia Parata says some of the country’s youngest students are the focus of literacy research by experts from Massey University. Professor James Chapman, Distinguished Professor Bill Tunmer and Dr Alison Arrow have designed the Massey University Early Literacy research project to broaden Read more…