Category: Professional Development

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…

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…

Transforming the life chances of our children – simple methods, great results

On the IFERI blog, headteacher Sam Bailey talks at the UK Reading Reform Foundation conference in March this year. Her talk is nothing but practical tips on making a difference in teaching effectiveness. Take a look at that video below. Sam Bailey was appointed headteacher of a struggling school with results well below national expectations. The theme of her Read more…

The importance of teacher knowledge about beginning reading development

Read a chapter from the Oxford Handbook of Reading, 2015. The chapter focuses on teacher knowledge about beginning reading development and instruction. It identifies what teachers need to know along with recommendations for supporting teachers in developing that knowledge to improve outcomes. Some nuggets: “. . . reliance on a political/ideological rather than a scientific 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…

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…