What’s In the News

Sept. 8, 2015

International Literacy Day

FYI, From Pencils of Promise, plus check out Empire State Bldg. tonight (if you can, of course).  Lit up like a pencil maybe?

Important Focus on Reading Instruction in Teacher Training —

The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Teachers Aren’t Dumb


South Carolina is the latest state to add a “Reading by 8” law:

Promotion of 3rd Graders Tied to Reading Scores Under New S.C. Law
Education Week, June 12, 2014  by Liana Heitin


“Early Concerns About E-Books’ Effect on Reading Comprehension, Researchers Say”

Education Week, April 4, 2014, by Benjamin Herold


April 1, 2014:  Excellent piece in the Huffington Post on “2e,” or “twice exceptional” students: those who are gifted and having learning disabilities.  The problem is even worse now in schools that use “school readiness” screenings for gifted or accelerated programs, rather than IQ tests since “school readiness” especially tests for reading ability!





Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word


Several campaigns are seeking to help the young children of poor and immigrant families by urging parents to spend more time talking to them.

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