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Foundational Skills Instruction: Whole Group? Small Group? What’s Best?

What does the research say about the best way to teach foundational skills? Research has shown that the traditional whole-class phonics lesson is not the way to develop fluent readers. Whole-class phonics instruction assumes our students all have the same instructional need, but we know this is not the case.

Aug 12, 2021  |  By Wendy Seger & Marisa Ramirez Stukey
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From Guided Reading to a Structured-Literacy Approach: My Journey as an Educator

We all want reading instruction that is effective and equitable, reaching every student. But how do we get there? In this blog, one educator shares her journey from guided reading to small-group instruction with a structured literacy approach.

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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School Leader Spotlight: Christie Graves, North Rose-Wolcott Elementary, New York

We’re honored to spotlight Christie Graves, the Assistant Principal at North Rose-Wolcott Elementary School in North Rose, NY. In this interview, she shares her experiences implementing Collaborative Literacy and SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words).

Apr 19, 2021  |  By Katy Cortelyou
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Exploring Comprehension Through the Lenses of Questioning, Inferring, and Synthesizing with Tanny McGregor

For more than three decades I’ve been in pursuit of something invisible, elusive, and difficult to measure. I’ve wondered about it, written about it, and tried to quantify it. Even though I am closer to understanding it now than ever before, I’m still deeply curious about it and seek to uncover more about it with every lesson I teach.If you’re familiar with my work, you already know what I’m talking about here: reading comprehension. Better yet, let’s think of it in terms of something more personal: a student’s thinking.

Apr 3, 2021  |  By Tanny McGregor
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Planning Small Groups that Are Efficient, Effective, and Equitable

Julie Wright and Dr. Katy Cortelyou focus on the universal issue of classroom time and consider how to make small group learning more efficient, effective, and equitable.

Mar 10, 2021  |  By Julie Wright & Katy Cortelyou
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