Educators have been discussing the “right” way to teach reading for decades, but in spite of the current discussions, the science on this instructional issue is settled. Castles, Rastle, & Nation (2018) lay out that there is a clear progression to effective literacy instruction. In this white paper, we engage meaningfully with what the research says and explore instructional considerations including the importance of explicit and systematic decoding instruction, the most effective format for phonics instruction, the role of comprehension and the ways in which students build a body of knowledge, and the connection between research and classroom practice.
Response to Intervention/ Multi-Tiered System of Support (RTI/MTSS) is a widely accepted approach to ensure that all students become successful readers. But what makes a truly effective and powerful RTI/MTSS implementation? This white paper explores the crucial but frequently overlooked role of alignment across all tiers of instruction and investigates how an aligned scope and sequence increases instructional efficiency.
An extensive body of research demonstrates what many educators have long known: building a safe and caring school community and attending to social and emotional learning (SEL) are essential to students’ success. The challenge for educators lies in how to meaningfully implement and integrate SEL in daily instruction. This white paper discusses the key principles behind an effective pedagogical stance to integrate SEL and the practices that build and sustain a safe, caring classroom community.