Category: Newsletters

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…

Phonics Talk: Teaching Secrets of Two Special Teachers

PHONICS TALK — The Dorbooks Newsletter Volume 70 – September 2015 *Teaching Secrets of Two Special Teachers* by Dolores G. Hiskes Reprinted with permission from Dorbooks’ Phonics Talk. See their past issues here: http://www.dorbooks.com/phonicstalk.html   *The Emperor has no clothes on,* or *When Will We Ever Learn?,* or *What Goes Around Comes Around, etc.* This story 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…

Read Well – Voyagersopris – Research Evidence

All Students Can Read Well Read Well is an innovative K-3 reading and language arts solution that helps students build the critical skills needed to be successful readers and learners. The research-based program allows teachers to effectively target students at all stages of development. Through a blended approach of whole-class instruction, differentiation small-group instruction, motivating Read more…

The Society for Quality Education – Toronto, Canada

Society for Quality Education – Toronto, Canada Free Lending Library Recently I was introduced to a valuable resource for those who are interested in answering the questions:  “Why do our schools and our teachers not apply what recent science and common sense have confirmed is the best way to teach reading, and math, and organize Read more…

Annual Report – 2014

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December 18, 2014 Dear Friends: On July 8, 1981, two days after I was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve in the U.S. Department of Education I received a phone call from the Education Policy Director at the Heritage Foundation. That call began my journey to address the decline in literacy in America. Twelve 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…