Why Bonita Unified Adopted SIPPS for Foundational Skills: An Interview with Chris Ann Horsley

Under Chris Ann’s leadership, SIPPS has become Bonita Unified School District's foundational skills program. During this time, the district been recognized for its excellence in reading comprehension and its commitment to reach all readers, receiving the number-one ranking on the California Reading Report Card.

May 31, 2022  |  By Rachel Solis
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Teaching in the Belly of the Whale: Remembering Mr. Fells

To be a third grade student in Mr. Fells’ classroom at Manzanita Elementary School was to be one of the luckiest kids ever. He called our classroom the white whale because it was a blindingly white, single wide trailer.

May 25, 2022  |  By Alicia McCauley
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The Use of Pseudowords: The Importance of Being Earnest about the Science of Reading

Is there research that confirms the efficacy of pseudowords when used during reading instruction, not just for assessment? We explore this question in this blog post—the sixth in our series Structured Literacy: Unpacking Nine Key Topics for Transforming Reading Instruction and Outcomes for Readers.

May 17, 2022  |  By Holly B. Lane & Linda Diamond
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Personal Narrative in Being a Writer: Telling the Stories of Our Lives

Sometimes students struggle with examining their lives in the deep and powerful manner it takes to write effective personal narratives. One of my students, Laura, exclaimed in frustration one afternoon, “Mrs. D., you have 50+ years of memories. I only have 11. How can I reflect like you do?”

May 9, 2022  |  By Kathy King-Dickman
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Supporting English Learners in the Classroom: An Interview with Dr. Marco Bravo

Dr. Bravo discusses the kinds of instructional strategies and scaffolds that are critical for English learners to gain access to academic content before they are able to speak English fluently.

May 5, 2022  |  By Linda Rourke
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“We Have Witnessed So Much Growth in Reading”: A Being a Reader Spotlight from Maryland

Hear from Allison Wist, Academic Coordinator for Resurrection-St. Paul School, Howard County, MD, about the school’s implementation of Being a Reader and the growth they are seeing in K–2 readers.

May 3, 2022  |  By Elizabeth English
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