Category: The Latest with Laura

Laura Stewart is a professional development expert and a literacy research geek. Laura works with the Superkids reading program and is a regular guest contributor to all things literacy on the NRRF blog.

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…

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…