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[Playbook] Putting the Science of Reading into Practice

This post originally appeared on the Illuminate Education blog, "Close Learning Gaps by Applying the Science of Reading." As a social justice issue, reading must be addressed with assessment and evidence-based reading instruction. Reading is fundamental to success in every…

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Schoolwide Reading Improvement

Expert Tips for Creating a Schoolwide Reading Improvement Model

Since earning her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst in 2002, Judy Loughlin has made a career as a consultant to districts and schools seeking to improve students’ literacy outcomes. Her resume includes working with IDEAL Consulting, the Hill Institute, the Connecticut and Massachusetts Departments of Education, and countless schools and districts across New England. She also has served as an adjunct instructor in the UMass Amherst College of Education and worked as a teacher and school psychologist.

It was during her time practicing school psychology and visiting schools seeking to address their high rates of special education referrals that something became strikingly clear to her. The degree to which educators needed to focus on prevention and early intervention for students struggling with reading was critical to everything else that needed to take place to improve their schools. And so launched a career-long interest in schoolwide reading improvement.

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Reading Assessment

Effective Reading Instruction

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP A recent radio news story on National Public Radio addressed the question “why aren’t kids being taught to read?” This story reviewed available research about effective reading instruction and then pointed out that such research…
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Why Fluency (Automaticity) Matters

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Customers sometime ask why so many FastBridge assessments are timed. The answer is that timing is necessary in order to document a student’s fluency with tasks. Fluency means being able to complete a task with the…

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What is Screening?

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D. Screening involves the assessment of important student skills or abilities in reading, math, or behavior for the purpose of identifying those students who might benefit from additional instructional or behavioral support as well as predicting which…

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Summer Resources for Student Learning

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Although not all parents (and students) will want information about summer learning resources, some will. It is typical for students in elementary grades to lose some of the skills they developed in the prior school year…

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Reading Assessment

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…

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Selecting Reading Interventions

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP For schools that conduct universal benchmark screening, review of the screening data provides educators with information about which students need additional instruction (also called intervention). Importantly, screening data must always be compared with other sources…

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