Tag: literacy

Reading Your Rights

The first federal civil-rights lawsuit in U.S. history to secure the right of access to literacy is currently being argued in Michigan (see News, p. 9). The district judge has ruled that, despite its importance, children have no constitutional right to learn to read and write, but the plaintiffs see otherwise and are preparing their appeal to a circuit...

U.S. Judge Denies Right to Literacy

In Detroit last month, U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III asserted that, despite its importance, the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a fundamental right to literacy.The plaintiffs (students and families), who accuse Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials of depriving Detroit children of their right to literacy said they would appeal the ruling to the U.S. 6th Circuit...

Cartoons and Comic Strips Shape Our Language

Richard Lederer is inspired by his hometown festival dedicated to cartoon characters from comic strips and comic books San Diego Comic -Con is the largest gathering of comics and pop culture enthusiasts in the world. Held a couple of weeks ago, the event has sold out the past decade, and more than 130,000 flocked to the fun as our city...

Adult Literacy XPRIZE Down to Five Finalists

XPRIZE—the global leader in designing and operating world-changing incentive competitions—and its sponsors, have awarded $100K to each of the five finalist teams in the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Launched in 2015, the competition challenges teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in the greatest increase in...

Literacy as a 21st- Century Survival Skill

Brooke Foged and Jenny Hammock share their insights into fighting generational illiteracy with the engaging power of technology In today’s world, reading is an expected skill. Most of what we need to know to get by in life is written down, so for our current students to have future...

Alaskans First to Receive Seal of Biliteracy in Native Tongue

The Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD) is roughly the size of West Virginia, with 22 schools spread across a remote area of Alaska’s Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. There are no roads, and the most common ways to travel between towns are to fly or snowmobile.It is also a region where the native Alaskan language of Yup’ik is still...

Stamina in Silent Reading

Elfrieda H. Hiebert offers literacy adviceIn all likelihood, you are reading these words silently. Silent reading is the mode in which adults typically read. In the primary grades especially, and sometimes even beyond in school, oral reading dominates. Oral reading is a fairly good predictor of automaticity in recognizing words in silent reading, but the transfer between oral and...

Access to Books Improves Learning

Yet another study has shown that increasing access to books improves student outcomes “Reaching Families Where They Are: Examining an Innovative Book Distribution Program,” published in Urban Education, examines a community-wide effort to promote greater access to books through the mechanisms of physical and psychological proximity. It addresses the seasonal summer slide through an innovative book distribution program in neighborhoods...

Good Readers Read More

A new study of more than 11,000 7-year-old twins found that how well children read determines how much they read, not vice versa. Furthermore, the authors of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry study...

What’s Hot in Literacy

Mother-tongue literacy, access, and equity under-recognized A new report released by the International Literacy Association (ILA) reveals wide gaps between what’s truly valuable to educators around the globe and what’s getting the most attention from the media and policymakers.The ILA 2018 What’s Hot in Literacy Report provides a snapshot of what 2,097 literacy professionals from 91 countries and territories deem...