Focus on Reading Proficiency is Gaining Momentum

A focus on reading proficiency is gaining momentum as scores are slipping among students in early grades due to poverty and other social reasons. In Schenectady, New York, the challenge is particularly acute. Students enter kindergarten with reading skills far below...

Empowering Children with Literacy

A new program in Dallas schools is empowering children with literacy, changing lives much as civil rights efforts once did. “I’ve developed a passion for these kids that I’ve never had before,” said 18 year old Jabari Ford, an SMU sophomore who...

Literacy Improves When Students Read to Therapy Dogs

A recent study shows that literacy improves when students read to therapy dogs. Researchers at Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction discovered better attitudes and improved literacy among second graders when they read aloud to therapy dogs. “Previous...

Transforming Middle School Reading

Volusia County Florida has an unusual approach to transforming middle school reading. For starters, they are dropping their core reading course. District administrators believe they have a better way to boost reading skills while giving students a wide variety of...

Text Messages Help Parents Help Kids Learn to Read

A new initiative by researchers has shown that sending reminders and suggestions via text messages help parents help kids to read.  It is well known that the children of wealthy parents are exposed in the beginning of their lives to many more words than the children...