The Importance of Read Alouds

By: Alexis Kiburis, Psy.D., NCSP Reading aloud to children is one of the most fundamental activities that parents and teachers can do to promote foundational literacy skills. Read alouds can be a fun, engaging way to make text come alive for students; they also serve as a tool to model and promote a love for[…]

Peer Tutoring as Part of an MTSS

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP One of the challenges to providing individualized instruction and feedback to all students is the reality that in every classroom there is usually only one teacher and many students. Although instructional practices such as rotating small groups among individual work stations, as well as carefully-planned large group activities, can support[…]

Allocating Time for Instruction

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Most teachers will agree that the most valuable resource in schools is time for instruction. As public schools have evolved from one-room schoolhouses to large districts with thousands of children, the tasks expected of teachers each day have changed as well. Where once it was expected that teachers cover the “3[…]

Anticipating and Counteracting the Summer Slide

By: Jessie Kember Summer slide, or the summer achievement gap, is the loss of learning over the summer break while students are out of school. For example, students who do not read over the summer months can lose the skills they’ve practiced throughout the school year. The summer slide has also been called “summer learning[…]

Reading Foundations: The Importance of Phonemic Awareness

The term “phonemic awareness” has been a buzzword in reading research and education for quite some time now. But what exactly is phonemic awareness? And why should we pay any attention to it? What is phonemic awareness? According to the National Reading Panel (2000), phonemic awareness refers to the ability to identify and manipulate sounds[…]

Top Product Enhancements for the New School Year: Screening to Intervention Report

While students have been restocking their backpacks with new school supplies, we’ve been busy equipping our teachers with a fresh new tool of their own for the school year! Teachers often ask us, “OK, I’ve done screened my kids, and I’ve got great data about what my students’ skills needs are. But, now what do[…]