Parents, maybe you can relate to this letter to the editor — can you answer the question: What’s in your district? "Because my son is also dyslexic, I have spent an inordinate amount of time learning about reading instruction… When I read the recent article “Birth of a Bookworm,” I was alarmed at the glowing description of “balanced literacy” and the Lucy Calkins approach to reading instruction that has been purchased and adopted for use in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. It’s wonderful that some children have become readers, but the approach fails far too many. Test results reveal only 46 percent of the district’s fourth-graders students are proficient readers."
A long read for a long weekend: 7 notable literacy experts review Units of Study and the news is not good: "the program frequently recommends use of SMV… known more widely as the three-cueing system, which is in direct opposition to an enormous body of settled research; any student who does not immediately master an aspect of foundational reading is at risk of never getting it. The impact is most severe for children who do not come to school already possessing what they need to know … [and] are not likely to get what they need from Units of Study to read, write, speak, and listen at grade level." If you are the parent/guardian of a struggling/dyslexic reader, you probably knew that.
"I completed four years of college, two years of a credential/ masters program and several student-teaching placements. But due to the content of the instruction I received, I graduated without the knowledge I needed to effectively teach reading….I did not learn anything about the structure of the English language or how our brains learn to read. These deficiencies are deeply problematic." ~ Margaret Goldberg, literacy coach and co-founder of Right to Read Project
5:00 PM TODAY — Learn more about assessment and instruction for stimulating language comprehension. Dr. Tiffany Hogan will review findings from the ‘Reading for Understanding Initiative," funded by the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences from 2010-2016. … See MoreSee Less