Educational Inequalities: What Can Be Done?

11/17 Free Virtual Roundtable  Educational Inequalities: What Can Be Done? November 17 at 7:00 pm EST  co-presented by The Southport CoLab and Literacy How. Resources This panel of literacy advocates will speak to what’s causing these inequalities in education,...

Blog: Encouraging Frontline Educators

June 2020
AT THE HEART OF OPPORTUNITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL: COURAGE
Even in the current whirl of uncertainties, at the core, many things remain the same. At Literacy How, children are at the heart of all we do. We believe EVERY child has the right to read. We know 95% can be taught to do so … Adapting to new ways of teaching and learning takes courage … It also takes courage and commitment to talk about social justice and the inequities that underlie the achievement—opportunity—gap.

Background Knowledge is Essential for Comprehension

In this issue, we focus on background knowledge, the second big idea about comprehension instruction in our book “Comprehension: Knowledge to Practice.” Thanks to the popular work of Natalie Wexler and Daniel Willingham, there is widespread recognition that knowledge helps readers take in new information, think about it, and retain it.

Language Comprehension and Text Structure Awareness

April 2020 In the last issue, we discussed the value of oral storytelling. Here we delve into the importance of explicitly teaching the text structure of narratives as one means of facilitating students’ comprehension. Text structure, one of the five big ideas...

Tell Me a Story

April 2020 We’re Thinking of You! Over the past few weeks, as we try to adapt to new ways of teaching and learning—and the unknowns of what the “new normal” will be—we have been been thinking of you and listening to you. One message has come across...