Category: News

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…

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…

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…

Turning Your Good Lesson Plans into a Business

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We came across this New York Times article wanted to share it here: A Sharing Economy Where Teachers Win Teachers often spend hours preparing classroom lesson plans to reinforce the material students are required to learn, and many share their best materials with colleagues. Founded in 2006, TeachersPayTeachers speeds up this lesson-plan prep work by Read more…

New Phonics Training Online Site Launched

Debbie Hepplewhite’s Online Synthetic Phonics Training Course has just launched! Take a look at the new resource’s site at https://phonicstrainingonline.com/. This is an outstanding resource for “focused synthetic phonics teaching and its integration with wider reading, spelling and writing…This course covers the ‘What, Why…then How’ of teaching reading, spelling and handwriting (from code to words to 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…

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…