I’ve talked and written a lot about early literacy over the years, but I’ve avoided one very popular term: The Science of Reading.
I decided to keep my head down and my work research-based and just stay out of the fray of nailing down the specific jargon. But with more and more states and districts requiring “Science of Reading compliant curriculum,” it’s important for early childhood educators to know what that means, what it doesn’t mean, and how it impacts our practice.
If The Science of Reading is not a familiar term to you, no worries, we’re going to walk through it and some of the terms associated with it….and if you ARE familiar with the term, I hope you’ll bring whatever background knowledge you have and be ready to find some new perspectives here.
Notes from the Show:
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The Reading Wars by P David Pearson
News article from 1998 about the formation of the National Reading Panel. (No government action is without debate.)
National Reading Panel Report (2000) – The full 449 pages.
The National Reading Panel Report: Practical Advice for Teachers (2004) – A more digestible summary by panelist Timothy Shanahan
Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children (National Academy of Science/National Research Council, 1998)
Why Aren’t Kids Being Taught to Read? by Emily Hanford
What Constitutes a Science of Reading Instruction? by National Reading Panel Member, Timothy Shanahan
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