Tag: literacy

Acquiring Academic Literacy from the Inside

Throughout the U.S., there is a sizeable population of international students from mainland China studying at colleges and universities. Among the varied difficulties during the process of adjustment to the host culture, such as homesickness, loneliness, and isolation, as well as financial burden, it is probably academic literacy that creates the biggest barrier to...

Celebrating National Library Week 2019

We are halfway through this year’s National Library week, and celebrations continue to take place in and about libraries across the country. National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. These free, public spaces offer a wealth of knowledge and public space where communities can come...

Two Teams Share $7M Adult Literacy XPRIZE

XPRIZE, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has announced two grand prize winners of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, a multi-year, multi-phase competition focused on transforming the lives of low-literate adults across the nation. Launched on former first lady Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday in 2015, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy...

Children’s Rights to Read Pledge

More than 1,000 individuals and organizations, representing over 50 countries; 30 organizations; 20 schools, districts, and universities; and 175,000 students, have pledged support to the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) Children’s Rights to Read initiative. The global movement focuses on making sure that every child has access to the education, opportunities, and resources needed to read. Supporters have pledged to...

Preschool Reading Boosts Language Skills by Eight Months

A new review of existing research finds that receptive language skills—the ability to understand information – are improved by the equivalent of eight months of development when preschool youngsters read with someone who cares for them. Led by James Law, professor of Speech and Language Sciences at the UK’s Newcastle University, a team of experts carried out a systematic...

Focus on Student-Centered Learning

In Future-Focused Learning: Ten Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice, published by Solution Tree, author Lee Watanabe-Crockett details how educators can shift instruction to focus on student-centered learning competencies to support critical thinking and digital skills. Based on Watanabe-Crockett’s work with schools around the world, Future-Focused Learning details ten core shifts of practice—along with simple microshifts—educators can use immediately, regardless of...

Early Literacy Especially Important for ELLs

A new study from Oregon State University (OSU) shows that English learners are more likely to become proficient English speakers if they enter kindergarten with a strong initial grasp of academic language literacy, either in their primary language or in English. The study, published recently in the journal Educational Policy, is part of an emerging body of research examining the role that...

#IAmMore

Voyager Sopris Learning has partnered with WeAreTeachersto launch a social movement designed to embolden educators and students to effect change and to believe in the power of literacy. Called “#IAmMore,” the movement gives educators and students a voice, allows them to illustrate what makes them “more,” and to share their untapped potential. A component of the movement is a contest...

Report Claims Most US Teachers Not Trained to Create Readers

According to a report by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a Washington-based think tank funded by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, which received funding from the Bush administration to support No Child Left Behind, many states fail to maintain the necessary requirements regarding elementary and special education teachers’ knowledge of reading instruction. The NCTQ has been...

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...
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