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Linda shares the blogs, podcasts, research, and other resources that she’s reading and listening to. If there are resources about literacy, teacher professional learning, and educational equity that you find interesting, feel free to share them with Linda.

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TEXTBOOKS: DO WE KNOW WHICH ONES ARE EFFECTIVE?

Wouldn’t it be nice if all teachers had verifiably excellent instructional materials at their disposal and if every school and school district had a reliable guide as to which instructional materials are effective, before adopting — and paying for — such?

Clearly, it would be nice. And it might actually help improve children’s education — were such labeling true and based on evidence. Yet the people who brought you the mediocre Common Core are now engaged in convincing everyone that textbooks, simply by virtue of being aligned with Common Core, are necessarily also “high quality” and “effective.”

PUTTING THE SCIENCE OF READING INTO PRACTICE

This playbook offers expert advice for assessing students for reading difficulties and literacy gaps and addressing those deficits with instruction and interventions grounded in the science of reading. Linda Diamond authored the article What's the Key to Teaching the Science of Reading? Evidence-Based Instruction and Interventions Rely on Valid, Reliable, and Efficient Assessments. DOWNLOAD THE PLAYBOOK >>

WHAT SCHOOL LEADERS CAN LEARN FROM BLACK & LATINO PARENTS WHOW SHAPED EDUCATION DURING THE PANDEMIC

COVID-19 has been deeply traumatic and disruptive for students and families. But the pandemic also created opportunities for families and community organizations to design their own solutions to educational challenges that existed long before it. School systems can learn from experiments led by Black and Latinx families that revealed new paths to confronting long-standing educational inequities. READ THE ARTICLE

HOW ONE CALIFORNIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SEES SUCCESS AFTER OVERHAULING ITS READING PROGRAM

After switching from a reading curriculum that uses a balanced literacy approach to one with greater emphasis on phonics and the use of research-based classroom practices, Nystrom Elementary students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (CA) have seen “growth across the board” in their reading skills. READ THE ARTICLE

HOW ONE CA DISTRICT INVESTED ITS COVID FUNDS IN LITERACY, BOOSTING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT — AND MORALE

Lodi Unified's nearly $500,000 investment in teacher training and the SIPPS reading program (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) is boosting literacy test scores. At the beginning of the school year, only 18% of Lockeford Elementary first graders were proficient or advanced in reading. By midyear, 44% were proficient or advanced. Plus, campus climate improved, and students started to do well in other subjects. READ THE ARTICLE

TEACHING READING SOURCEBOOK RESOURCES

College instructors can request an exam copy of the acclaimed Teaching Reading Sourcebook, 3rd Edition, and access resources including quizzes, slides and more. K–12 teachers will find professional learning tools, sample materials from the Sourcebook, and links to useful resources. VISIT THE SITE.

SIPPS ACADEMIC INTERVENTION

SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) is a research-based foundational skills program proven to help both new and struggling readers in grades K–12 build skills and confidence for fluent, independent reading.

An independent research study conducted by SEG Measurement found that SIPPS achieves significantly greater growth in reading skills than other literacy interventions students received, as measured by DIBELS®. The study involved 600 first- and second-grade students in Pasco County School District, Florida, who had been identified to receive reading intervention. Read the study.

This winter, Kelly Stuart, President and CEO of Center for the Collaborative Classroom, raised some funds to run their first-ever Teacher Scholarship Program. This enabled teachers to apply for their programs like SIPPS and Being a Reader. They did one social media post on their Facebook page and within 10 days nearly 1,000 teachers applied. They followed up with every teacher and awarded about 400 teachers their curriculum. It is clear there is an enormous need for teachers to have access to research-proven programs like SIPPS.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SIPPS

A MOMENT FOR HUMILITY AND A NEW PATH FORWARD ON READING

In this article published by National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), Kareem Weaver, leader of Full and Complete Reading is a Universal Mandate (FULCRUM), reflects, "This moment in education, however, requires leaders who will publicly position themselves as the best learners, not the best knowers. The sector has to reacquaint itself with the science of reading, unlearn some habits, suspend beliefs, and be vulnerable enough to embrace the inevitable learning curve." READ THE ARTICLE

THE RIGHT TO READ

The Right to Read, a film by Jenny Mackenzie, shares the stories of a courageous activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read. WATCH THE TRAILER

THE TRUTH ABOUT READING

Scheduled for release in 2022, the goal of this eye-opening documentary film from Emmy Award-winning director Nick Nanton is to spread the word, not just that illiteracy and sub-literacy in America are having a detrimental affect on our society and economy, but that there are proven and effective solutions already available. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FILM

TEACHING READING SOURCEBOOK

Co-authored by Linda Diamond and rated by the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) as an Exemplary textbook, the Sourcebook is a comprehensive reference about reading instruction. It includes both a research-informed knowledge base and practical sample lesson models. GET THE BOOK

THE READING LEAGUE’S TEACHING, READING & LEARNING PODCAST

This podcast elevates important contributions to the educational community, with the goal of inspiring teachers, informing practice and celebrating people in the community who have influenced teaching and literacy to the betterment of children. LISTEN TO THE PODCASTS

CORE’S ON-DEMAND PROFESSIONAL LEARNING WEBINARS

Tap into a wealth of expert advice and insights on the latest issues in teaching and educational leadership. Topics include the science of reading, dyslexia, English learners, mathematics, and equity. WATCH THE WEBINARS

VOCABULARY HANDBOOK

For all educators who are working to improve reading achievement, this handbook provides clear instructional approaches for successfully building students’ vocabulary knowledge — knowledge essential for strong reading comprehension. GET THE BOOK

ASSESSING READING: MULTIPLE MEASURES

This book provides a collection of tests for the comprehensive assessment of skills related to reading. Use them to identify why a student is having reading difficulty, determine what the next step in instruction should be to remediate that difficulty, and monitor progress throughout the course of instruction. GET THE BOOK

THE SCIENCE OF READING: A DEFINING GUIDE

This guide, developed by reading science advocates including Linda Diamond, provides a common, simple definition of the Science of Reading to support true educational transformation that will lead to effective practice and sustainable change. READ THE GUIDE

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON TEACHER QUALITY 2020 TEACHER PREP REVIEW

The NCTQ Teacher Prep Review evaluates the quality of programs that provide preservice preparation of teachers. The Review database includes both traditional and non-traditional programs. EXPLORE THE REVIEWS

MS. JASMINE’S BLOG

An early career teacher figuring out what works and implementing evidence in the classroom. READ THE BLOG

AMPLIFY’S SCIENCE OF READING PODCAST

Listen to the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. Each episode takes a conversational approach and explores a timely topic related to the Science of Reading. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

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