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Marketing Literacy Improvement Efforts to Relevant Audiences: the PROPeL Initiative

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Marketing and communications plans allow school systems to gain support needed for a successful literacy initiative. We discuss identifying potential audiences for such efforts.
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Parent-Child Conversation: More Than Just Idle Chatter

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
When parents engage in meaningful oral conversations with children in the home, it can have a positive impact on their vocabulary skills and overall reading ability. Our tips can help foster more of these conversations.
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A Chore No More: Make Summer Reading Enjoyable With Family-Oriented Approaches

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Make summer reading fun and fulfilling for the children in your family and help them maintain their reading skills with these seasonal approaches to reading.
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What Makes a Literacy Practice Evidence-Based?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
With what level of confidence can you say a given literacy instructional practice may work to help students in your school or district learn to read? It all depends on the available research and evidence for that practice.
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Goal Setting and Progress Monitoring to Address a Literacy Issue: The PROPeL Initiative

Address a literacy challenge by setting a SMART goal, establishing benchmarks in the journey toward that goal, tracking the entire process using progress monitoring, and modifying instruction when progress monitoring suggests you should.
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What Do Students "Lose" in the Summer?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
We examine the misunderstanding that over the summer, some students are losing months-worth of what they learned about reading during the school year.
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Sentence Expanding: Helping Students Build Stronger Sentences

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Sentence expanding helps students write strong, clear, and detailed sentences. Teach students this writing technique through explicit instruction.
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Ensuring Focus on the Right Issues to Improve Literacy: the PROPeL Initiative

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
By conducting a root cause analysis, schools and districts can identify the fundamental reasons for a literacy challenge. Learn the three types of root causes and how to verify you have actually identified the root causes.
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Developing Writers in the Classroom: Fluency With Writing Mechanics and an Engaged Community of Writers

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Teachers can help students become better writers by teaching and encouraging practice of the mechanics of writing, as well as establishing an environment that motivates them to write.
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Developing Writers in the Classroom: Daily Writing Time and Multipurpose Writing

Monday, March 13, 2017
To become better writers, students need dedicated time to practice writing and instruction on a variety of strategies for writing for multiple purposes and audiences.
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Getting the Work Started: The PROPeL Initiative

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
School districts involved in the Iowa Reading Research Center’s PROPeL initiative form their local teams and write literacy challenge statements using student literacy data.
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The Journey Is the Treasure: Providing Just the Right Amount of Background Knowledge to Support Reading Comprehension

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Young readers can connect their background information to a new text for greater comprehension. Sample lesson plans show how to use this technique in the classroom.
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Sioux City Principals See Improvement in Student Literacy Outcomes and Engagement as Small-Group, Skills-Based Instruction Implementation Continues

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monitoring and reviewing student literacy data, teacher commitment, and setting clear expectations have led to success for two principals implementing small-group, skills-based instruction in elementary schools in Sioux City.
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Patience, Professional Development and Teamwork Key to Implementation of Small-Group, Skills-Based Instruction for Literacy, Sioux City Principals Say

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Implementation of small-group, skills-based instruction for literacy is underway in schools in Sioux City. Two principals discuss the process so far.
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Dialogic Reading: Having a Conversation about Books

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
When facilitated with various levels of questions, dialogic reading encourages an interactive dialogue about a text being read by an adult to children.