Students participating in reading programs. Some students are on iPads and others are writing on paper

Technically Speaking: What is Causal Inference and Why is it Important?

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
In experimental studies, reading researchers try to establish a connection between a program or type of instruction and students’ reading performance by controlling for other things that might explain the outcomes.
ABCs for alphabet instruction with pictures of an Apple, a Baby, and a Cat

The ABCs of Alphabet Instruction

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Things students should know about letters and why it is important that they know them for reading development.
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Implementing a Shared Reading Intervention for Kindergarten Students During Remote Learning

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Hear from the interventionalist from an IRRC evaluation project on her experiences with virtual vocabulary instruction.
Teacher helping student reading book during classtime

The Role of Decodable Readers in Phonics Instruction

Friday, November 27, 2020
For beginning readers, these texts provide a focused and carefully planned opportunity to read words in sentences.
Mother and daughter using tablet for writing instruction at home

Supporting Your Children’s and Teens’ Home Learning: Dyslexia and Writing: How Can Caregivers Help?

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Help overcome the writing frustrations of children with dyslexia by using a handful of approaches and incorporating assistive technology.
Father helping daughter write using context clues at the family dinner table

Supporting Your Children’s and Teens’ Home Learning: Using Context Clues to Understand New Words

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Learn three types of context clues for understanding vocabulary in a text and download a graphic organizer for children and teens to use when reading.
Young student and researcher conducting reading assessment.

Research Brief: Predicting Dyslexia With Assessments of Foundational Reading Skills

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Recap of a study about predicting students with reading disabilities, which is crucial to providing needed supports as early as possible.
A photograph of a group of students in a classroom focused on their work, sitting at desks and writing on paper with pencils.

Technically Speaking: Determining Test Effectiveness With Item Response Theory

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Learn more about how statistical modeling can tell us what makes a good literacy assessment item.
A photograph of a girl sitting at a desk and writing on a piece of paper with a pen. She appears to be deep in thought and focused on her writing. The image shows a student engaged in a writing activity.

Teach and Practice Writing Skills With a Writing Prompt Guide

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Introducing the new IRRC resource to help students, teachers, and caregivers better understand and work with effective writing prompts.
A girl reading a book at a book store, engrossed in reading.

Find Books for Teens for Use at School or at Home With a Young Adult Literature Guide

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Learn how the guide can help you plan reading and learning opportunities for your teens.
Father and son reading a book and smiling on the couch

Supporting Your Children’s and Teens’ Home Learning: Paired Oral Reading

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Children can work on reading fluency and comprehension while reading along with a caregiver.
Mother and son playing with letters blocks at a kitchen table during guided play

Supporting Your Children’s and Teens’ Home Learning: Engaging Preschool and Kindergarten-Aged children in Literacy-Focused Guided Play

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Caregivers can implement three key elements to help grow literacy and pre-literacy skills.
Boy filling out a K-W-L chart with mother's help at home.

Supporting Your Children’s and Teens’ Home Learning: Using a K-W-L Chart to Activate Background Knowledge

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Use this approach to build knowledge about a topic while reading a book at home.
A girl using assistive technology, a tablet, at home to help with homework.

Supporting Your Children’s and Teens’ Home Learning: Use of Assistive Technology

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Apps and extensions can help children who are struggling at home with reading and writing tasks.
Teen girl reading a book at home at desk next to a laptop

Supporting Your Children’s and Teens’ Home Learning: Identifying Themes in Literary Text

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Families can help their adolescents practice this comprehension skill as they look for clues in the text.