Tag: literacy

U.S. Upholds Constitutional Right to Literacy

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The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that all U.S. students have a right to a basic minimum education under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment and that literacy is essential to the exercising of other basic rights in response to an appeal filed in...

Building a Community of Year-Round Readers

If recent data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is any indication, literacy education is a challenge across the country, with only 35% of fourth graders and 34% of eighth graders reading proficiently or better (https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/). In my district, Covert Public Schools, we face some additional...

What Is the Future of Literacy Education?

According to National Center for Education figures, about 30 million adult Americans are functionally illiterate (https://nces.ed.gov/naal/). Clearly, there is room for improvement when it comes to literacy education, and for educators tasked with teaching America’s K–12 students to read, technology can be a powerful tool to bridge...

Filling the Achievement Gap through Multigenerational Learning

There is a crack in our nation’s foundation. Although it is historically referred to as the achievement gap, today we more accurately call this the teaching and learning gap. When children fail to reach their full potential, this weakens families’ fundamental ability to thrive. Over 30 years...

Senator Introduces Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST) Act

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) has introduced the Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST) Act (S. 3328) into the U.S. senate. The act broadens the definition of “second language” to include Native American languages, and Classical Languages. The BEST Act: To further promote biliteracy across...

Israel Launches English Reform

The Council for Higher Education has approved the new reform regarding conversion of academic educational programs from Hebrew to English and to run them in parallel to each other as bilingual education. Academic institutions will adopt a study method to ensure students gain English skills in reading, writing, comprehension and speech. The CHE...

All You Need is Read

Dianne Henderson and Gene Kerns offer practical strategies to help all students reap the benefits of reading A new report says that nearly half of kids read for less than 15 minutes per day. No skill is more essential to students than reading. Every...

Multilingual Focus for UN Literacy Day

"about 40% of the world’s population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand" Audrey Azoulay, director-general of UNESCO The focus of this month’s International Literacy Day was Literacy and Multilingualism, to tie...

43 Million American Adults Have ‘Low’ English Literacy Levels

White and Hispanic adults make up the largest percentage of U.S. adults with low levels of English literacy, according to the most recent results of a survey on adult skills. The National Center for Education Statistics has released a Data Point entitled “Adult Literacy...

Literacy Starts in the Library

Literacy is the foundation of everything we do for our learners. Reading is a required skill for every subject, whether it is science, English, math, or social studies. If this foundation is shaky, it can cause a student’s academic world to get much smaller very quickly.
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