Animated picture of a graphic novel where a superhero saves a cat stuck in a tree. Two hands are holding the book against a yellow background.

Graphic Novels for Developing Multiple Literacies

Monday, March 14, 2016
A close look at graphic novels and what they provide in terms of literacy development to their young readers.
A mom and daughter, next to a pond, hold up a leaf to inspect it closer during a hike in nature.

6 Spring Break Literacy Activities for Families

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Spring break does not have to mean a complete break from reading for students. Keep them engaged with reading throughout the break with these tips.

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten Reading?

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Consult a checklist of skills and suggested reading practices that will help set up your child for reading success during the school year.

FanFiction at the Library

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
A librarian shares a story of helping a young visitor find a literacy-based outlet for her love of fanfiction.

9 Tips to Build Your Child’s Vocabulary at Home

Friday, February 26, 2016
Having conversations every day, telling stories, and even going for a walk are among the tips discussed here to improve a child's vocabulary.

Instructional Decisions Aligned to Screening Data

Monday, February 22, 2016
Universal screening data for students can help drive literacy instruction decisions to improve reading proficiency, and can also guide families in their reading at home.

Tell Me About My Child’s Literacy Development: Parent Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

Friday, February 19, 2016
Tips for parents to use before, during and after a parent-teacher conference in order to be best prepared to talk about a child's literacy proficiency.

10 Reading Tips for Families

Friday, February 12, 2016
Support young readers at home by providing choices, letting your child see you read, and ask your child questions about what they are reading.

Using the Calendar to Connect Math and Reading

Friday, January 22, 2016
A family uses the calendar to strengthen their child's reading and math skill.

A Look at the Technology Integration Planning Cycle

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Understanding the goals of technology in literacy instruction and how to work technology into literacy instruction to benefit students.

What is Universal Screening, and How Can it Support Student Success?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
An overview of universal screening for reading difficulties. What do assessments tell you? Why are all students tested? What are the differences between assessments? Includes info on FAST-CBM and FAST aReading.

Quality Instruction - Delivery of Instruction

Monday, November 23, 2015
Last week we looked at increasing instructional quality through lesson design. We focused on using the components of explicit instruction to ensure students master the knowledge and skills necessary to become proficient readers. This week we will take a closer look at four big ideas that can help teachers to increase the quality of their instruction through delivery of instruction.

Evidence-Based vs. Research-Based Interventions—Update

Monday, October 12, 2015
Learn the difference between evidence-based and research-based literacy interventions for students.