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Student Journalism Provides Literacy Learning and Motivation to Write

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
A look at characteristics of student journalism that may motivate students to write and improve literacy skills through practice and instruction.
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Federal Title I Funding for Students who Struggle with Literacy

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
A federal program that provides funding to help ensure high-quality education for children from low-income families also positively affects literacy instruction.
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Using Possible Selves to Facilitate Student Literacy Achievement

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Through helping students define their possible selves, show them how becoming an expert reader can help them achieve their life goals.
Literacy leaders have a meeting about fidelity

The Importance of Fidelity When Implementing Reading Interventions

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Effective implementation of a literacy initiative that includes interventions calls on teachers to do so as intended, with high fidelity.
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Student Generation of Higher-Order Questions

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Generating higher-order questions about text benefits students reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Model this skill for students and provide practice and feedback.
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Student Classification of Questions: A First Step in Question Generation

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Teach students to classify questions about a text as higher-order or lower-order questions before generating their own questions.
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Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Reading: The Intersection With Special Education

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Learn how these supports of increasing intensity work for literacy education and why they are relevant to special education.
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Maintain Focus and Commitment with an Improvement Plan: The PROPeL Initiative

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Create an improvement plan and follow it to student success when implementing a literacy initiative.
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Attributes of Effective Explicit Vocabulary Instruction

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Teaching a word through explicit vocabulary instruction involves multiple steps to ensure deeper student understanding of essential words and increased reading comprehension.
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The Importance of Word Choice in Explicit Vocabulary Instruction

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Explicit vocabulary instruction should involve thoughtful selection of which words will be taught to ensure word learning is targeted and effective.
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Setting Goals, Facilitating Professional Development, and Measuring Success Toward Small-Group, Skills-Based Literacy Instruction Implementation

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Small-group, skills-based literacy instruction is at the forefront of goal setting, feedback given to teachers, professional development, and measuring of success for the Sioux City Community School District as described in our second of a two-part blog post series.
Green graphic with IRRC branding, Q & A, and a portrait of Dr. Kim Buryanek

Critical Elements of Implementing Small-Group, Skills-Based Instruction

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The addition of quality teaching materials and support from the Iowa Reading Research Center led to common beneficial practices used by teachers across schools during implementation of small-group, skills-based literacy instruction at Sioux City Community School District.
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Guide Students to Answers According to Question Type: The Question-Answer Relationship

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Teaching students to identify the type of question asked about a text using the Question-Answer Relationship strategy helps them formulate answers more easily.
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Delivering the Message About Literacy Improvement Efforts: the PROPeL Initiative

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Positive, student-focused messaging about a literacy initiative delivered to potential audiences via various mediums can gain support for the initiative from important stakeholders.
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Identifying and Avoiding False Information: A Matter of Comprehension in the Classroom

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
A lack of comprehension and media literacy skills can lead a student to mistakenly use false information found on the web at school. Learn more about the problem and counteracting it with instruction and modeling.