A foundational expectation for every literacy teacher is a strong understanding of the content of the alphabetic system.
Good and Beautiful and Kind
Kids, Books & Anti-Racism Series featured speaker Afrika Afeni Mills highlights how characters on screen and paper broadened her perspective.
Playing with Letters, Sounds, and Words: Lessons Learned from Four Year-Olds
Cindy Downend, our associate director of primary literacy programs, highlights her experiences helping the earliest readers with letters and sounds.
What Is Textured Teaching and why is it important?
In several states in the United States, talking about race and racism is currently restricted in one way or another. In the year 2023, not 1950. So how will those of us who are committed anti-biased and anti-racist teachers proceed? With conviction and vigor.
Make Room for Meaning: How Decoding and Meaning Go Hand-in-hand
Research indicates that emergent readers need both code-based (phonics) and meaning-based (context) strategies to successfully solve the high volume of words needed to read English.
4 Easy Tips for Efficient, Effective Interactive Writing Lessons
Interactive writing is an engaging way to build children’s understandings of sounds, letters, words and how they all work together to create a meaningful message. What are some ways you have made your interactive writing lessons effective and efficient?