Report: Florida, Ohio called ‘advanced leaders’ in K-12 media literacy efforts

As the U.S. enters another presidential election year, 14 states have “some media-literacy language on the books,” according to a new report detailing legislative efforts to integrate media literacy instruction into curriculum. But “action is too slow compared to the urgent need,” wrote Erin McNeill, president and board member of Media Literacy Now, a nonprofit advocacy organization that defines media literacy as the “ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create and take action with all forms of communication.” The Read More

Why Millions Of Kids Can’t Read, And What Better Teaching Can Do About It

Jack Silva didn’t know anything about how children learn to read. What he did know is that a lot of students in his district were struggling. Silva is the chief academic officer for Bethlehem, Pa., public schools. In 2015, only 56 percent of third-graders were scoring proficient on the state reading test. That year, he set out to do something about that. “It was really looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘Which 4 in Read More

U.S. Education Department Awards $4.4 Million to Improve Literacy and Education Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education today announced more than $4.4 million in grants to improve literacy skills, outcomes and results for children with disabilities. “When we improve literacy skills for children with disabilities, including those with dyslexia, we are not just teaching them how to read, we are opening doors to a lifetime of more positive opportunities, such as improved academic skills, reduction in behavioral incidences, increased school completion, and lifelong learning,” said U.S. Secretary Read More

How Teacher Shadowing Benefits ED Employees

I recently had the privilege to visit H. D. Cooke Elementary School in Washington, D.C.  The school has a population of 398 students with 44% English Language Learners (ELLs). I was shadowing Flora Lerenman, a 3rd grade English as Second Language (ESL) teacher. Our morning started off with meeting with the instructional coach for literacy. The teachers shared their schedules to make sure the coach has the opportunity to watch and support all the teachers Read More

Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds

Imagine you have a painful toothache that has gone untreated.  Or a headache after squinting at the book you’re reading.  Now imagine yourself in a classroom, struggling to pay attention and be engaged in class, with this pain gnawing at you. For students in every part of our country, this has become a day-to-day reality. A student’s health is strongly linked with his or her academic performance. The lack of health coverage – and the Read More

State must put its resources behind teaching kids to read

The need to ensure that every student is proficient in reading has been an article of faith in educational and political circles for at least the past decade. As Gov. Brian Sandoval said in his State of the State address on Wednesday, it is the key to success for students. Yet, in a wide-ranging interview with the Gazette-Journal’s Siobhan McAndrew, published on Wednesday, Nevada’s new superintendent of public education, James Guthrie, said that about half Read More

Compuware, United Way aim to better child literacy

DMC Sinai Grace Hospital, software company Compuware Corp. and students from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies are collaborating on a child literacy program that aims to get parents to read to their children for at least 15 minutes per day. For some time, the parents of new children born at the Detroit hospital have been receiving a free children’s book a month through the United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Early Literacy Initiative. The program aims Read More