Achieving and Sustaining Change in Reading Instruction: What Does It Take?

Linda Diamond concludes our Structured Literacy series with a key question: How do we achieve and sustain real change in reading instruction?

Mar 27, 2023  |  By Linda Diamond
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Robust Vocabulary Instruction in Grades 3–5: Reflecting on Word Study and Bringing Words to Life

Drawing on Dr. Isabel Beck’s approach to evidence-based vocabulary instruction in grades 3–5, we focus on the intentional shift to word study and use specific, aligned examples from Being a Reader, Collaborative Classroom’s comprehensive reading program.

Mar 10, 2023  |  By Jeremy Hyler & Kristy Rauch
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SIPPS Success with Children in Foster Care: An Interview with Educational Nonprofit ALIVE

SIPPS is providing reading intervention for K–6 students experiencing unstable living situations such as foster care and homelessness.

Mar 9, 2023  |  By Emily Cremidis
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How SIPPS is Changing the Trajectory for Striving Readers in Dexter, Michigan

Striving readers in Dexter, Michigan are benefiting from the explicit, systematic instruction in SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words).

Mar 8, 2023  |  By Jeremy Hyler
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Collaborative Coach Spotlight: Educator Vikki DeLoach, Coach Genevieve Thomas and Principal Elizabeth Rivera

Interventionist Vikki DeLoach shares about her experience with Collaborative Coach and the impact asynchronous and in-person coaching had on her instruction and student achievement. Collaborative Coach is Collaborative Classroom’s personalized, interactive, asynchronous coaching experience that provides one-on-one, curriculum-specific coaching for individual teachers or coaches in a safe and supportive environment.

Feb 21, 2023  |  By Katie Fuchs
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Four Common Misconceptions About the Science of Reading

In this blog post, we unpack four common misconceptions that occur in Science of Reading conversations and provide clarification.

Jan 27, 2023  |  By Lenora Forsythe & Andreia Simon
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Reflecting on Bringing Words to Life: Evidence-Based Vocabulary Instruction in Grades K–2

Evidence-based vocabulary instruction in practice. We unpack 3 key recommendations from Dr. Beck’s approach to teaching vocabulary in grades K–2 and draw connections from research to classroom practice.

Jan 13, 2023  |  By Jeremy Hyler & Kristy Rauch
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Some Schools Bucked the Trend on NAEP Reading Scores: What Can We Learn from Their Success?

Following the recent release of dismal NAEP scores in reading what can literacy leaders learn from schools and districts where reading scores have been improving during the same time period?

Nov 28, 2022  |  By Lenora Forsythe
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The Impact of Executive Function Skills on Literacy Learning: An Introduction

In this new series, we’ll explore the “Big Ten” executive function skills and investigate how students’ difficulties with these skills impact their literacy learning. The series will also discuss specific supports that can assist teachers and students with executive function strategies.

Nov 28, 2022  |  By Mandy Ubele
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Deepening the Classroom Writing Community Through Collaborative Writing

Collaborative writing is a practice that supports both student engagement and growth in writing skills. In this post we will highlight how we built collaboration when teaching a specific writing strategy, sentence combining.

Nov 23, 2022  |  By Troy Hicks & Jeremy Hyler
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Reading Comprehension: What Does the Research Say?

All about reading comprehension, its synergistic relationship with word recognition instruction, and effective practices for building a body of knowledge.

Nov 15, 2022  |  By Lenora Forsythe & Marisa Ramirez Stukey
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How the Read2Succeed Tutoring Program Supports Its Youngest Readers with SIPPS

Learn how the Read2Succeed (R2S) tutoring program uses SIPPS to support kindergarteners and their R2S tutors in providing reading instruction.

Nov 14, 2022  |  By Tricia Bennett
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Establishing a Classroom Writing Community: Three Essential Elements

For decades, teachers of writing have understood that intentionally building a classroom writing community is far more than just a way to help students work well with classmates and stay engaged, though these are worthwhile outcomes, too. In fact we know—both through our own action research and from empirical studies of numerous classrooms—that learning to write within a writing community is what ultimately leads to the success of individual writers.

Nov 1, 2022  |  By Jeremy Hyler & Troy Hicks
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Independent School Spotlight: The Bolles School, Florida

We interview first grade teachers Brittany Hetland and Sara Heninger of The Bolles School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida about their Being a Reader implementation.

Sep 27, 2022  |  By Tricia Bennett
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Collaborative Coach Educator Spotlight: Casey Estabrooks, Livonia, NY

In this spotlight, second grade teacher Casey Estabrooks of Livonia, NY shares about his journey with SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) and how Collaborative Coach has impacted him as an educator.

Sep 13, 2022
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SIPPS Spotlight: An Interview with Laura Mayer, Arizona MOWR Specialist

We’re delighted to feature an interview with Arizona MOWR (Move on When Reading) Specialist Laura Mayer, who uses SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) for intervention in grades 1–4 in the Cartwright School District in Phoenix, AZ.

Sep 8, 2022
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How a Teacher Scholarship for SIPPS Helped Accelerate a Striving Reader

How a Teacher Scholarship of SIPPS materials made a big difference for a struggling 5th grade reader.

Aug 30, 2022  |  By Tamara Williams
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Independent School Spotlight: Brookstone School on How Collaborative Literacy Supports Teachers and Engages Students

"We saw incredible reading growth this year," say teachers at independent college prep Brookstone School in Columbus, GA, describing their K–5 Collaborative Literacy implementation.

Aug 22, 2022  |  By Katharine Bonasera
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Author’s Chair: An Interview with Nadine Kaadan

Nadine Kaadan is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator from Syria currently living in London. In this interview she describes her creative process and personal journey as a writer and artist.

Aug 19, 2022  |  By Jennie McDonald
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Best Practices in Professional Learning: Surrounding Educators with a System of Support

What does powerful, effective professional learning look like for educators? In this blog post, we explore the best practices and support structures create the ideal conditions for teacher learning.

Aug 6, 2022  |  By Susan Vincent
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