Category: Professional Development

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…

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…

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…

REMEDIATION PLUS READING CURRICULUM

THE REMEDIATION PLUS SYSTEMATIC READING CURRICULUM The R+ System teaches the 44 speech sounds in a systematic curriculum. Every lesson has direct instruction in hearing the phoneme, developing the phoneme grapheme correspondence and segmenting the phonemes from speech. We teach students that the grapheme of phonemes changes on placement. We also teach students the rules Read more…

Fundations – Wilson Language Training – St. Mary’s School – Melrose, MA

FUNDATIONS – WILSON LANGUAGE TRAINING – St. Mary’s School – Melrose, MA Beginning in kindergarten, a phonics program called “Fundations” of Reading is introduced and used through Grade 3. The St. Mary’s School teachers have been trained to use this program. This program provides children of varying learning abilities with a foundation for reading and Read more…