Students are seated on the classroom floor as their teacher teaches during the literacy block.

Making the Change: One District’s Science of Reading Journey

Monday, July 17, 2023
Learn how Spencer Community School District's universal pivot to science-of-reading-aligned literacy instruction began, what the implementation process looked like, and how the shift has impacted educators, students, caregivers, and administrators.
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Explicit Vocabulary Instruction Using the POSSUM Approach

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Teach students to use phonology, orthography, syntax, semantics, understanding, and morphology in the process of learning new vocabulary words.
A blonde woman wearing a pink sweater sits in front of a laptop. She is pushing her glasses onto her head while looking intently at the papers in her hand.

Scope and Sequence: What Is It, and How Do Educators Use It to Guide Instruction?

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Learn how to gain an understanding of whether a literacy program provides systematic and thorough instruction for all students.
Boy reading a book in class with two classmates in the background

What Is the Science of Reading?

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Find out why it’s important to have a common understanding of such a widely used term and take a closer look at the type of science in the science of reading.
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Is It the Materials or the Instruction That Make For a Good Reading Program?

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Read why teaching in an explicit, systematic way with differentiation is at the heart of the best performing reading programs.
Teacher using structured literacy to teach a small group using flash cards

An Explanation of Structured Literacy, and a Comparison to Balanced Literacy

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
An explicit or implicit approach to literacy learning? See why the former approach tends to work better for all learners.