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When Accelerating Learning, What Matters Most?

As educators, we can all reflect on what we might have done differently over the past 18 months. While these reflections have value, the most urgent questions are…

Aug 30, 2021  |  By Marisa Ramirez Stukey & Jenn Kraisan
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Lesson Structure: What Components Lead to Foundational Skills Mastery?

Margie B. Gillis In our second installment of the blog series Structured Literacy: Unpacking Eight Key Questions for Transforming Reading Instruction and Outcomes for Readers, we’re honored to…

Aug 30, 2021
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Foundational Skills Instruction: Whole Group? Small Group? What’s Best?

When we consider the reality of a class of incoming kindergarteners, we know that some students come struggling to form their letters and are insecure in most of their sounds. Meanwhile, others arrive ready for more complex phonetic and lexical knowledge, having figured out or been taught some of the systems of decoding English. Given the wide variations in students’ literacy development, “one-size-fits-all” phonics instruction is unlikely to succeed.

Aug 12, 2021  |  By Wendy Seger & Marisa Ramirez Stukey
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District Spotlight: Dr. Joseph Villarreal of Harlingen CISD, on Using SIPPS in Grades 6–12

How does SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) address the needs of students in grades 6–12 who are striving readers?In this spotlight, we hear from leaders and teachers at a Harlingen, Texas district that is using SIPPS on all of its secondary-school campuses.

Aug 9, 2021  |  By Dawn Castilleja
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From Guided Reading to a Structured-Literacy Approach: My Journey as an Educator

Kim Still shares her journey from guided reading to small group instruction with a structured literacy approach. This introduction launches a new blog series, "Structured Literacy: Unpacking 8 Key Questions for Transforming Reading Instruction and Outcomes for Readers."

Jul 20, 2021  |  By Kim Still
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Substitute Teaching and the Secret to Upending Inequities: A Roundabout Book Review of Substantial Classrooms

In this insightful review of Substantial Classrooms: Redesigning the Substitute Teaching Experience, Karen J. Pittman, Co-Founder and Senior Fellow at The Forum for Youth Investment, provides the perfect overview and entry point for understanding the premise of this remarkable book.

Jun 8, 2021
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