If you are an educator new to learning about scientifically-based reading recognize you are not alone. This section helps contextualize issues surrounding common literacy practices. The current discussions surrounding literacy practices are not attacks on teachers, the current discussions are calling into question reading pedagogy that does not align with a substantial body of research about how a child's brain learns to read. Educators want all students to be successful readers, but there are many misconceptions about how children learn to read that must be corrected. This page contains webinars, podcasts, and virtual conferences to assist your learning journey and we encourage teachers to read the resources on our Scientifically-Based Reading page to explore videos, articles, and research as they relate to the Simple View of Reading. Emily Hanford's reporting is a good entry point to contextualize the need to reform early literacy curriculum and pedagogy. Learning about the science of reading helps remove barriers that prevent many marginalized students from succeeding. Please share our resources with your school and colleagues.
Read the following article Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science written by Dr. Louisa Moats
Read the article Identifying and Teaching Students with Significant Reading Problems
Listen to the audio documentaries by Emily Hanford (posted below). What ideas caused you to pause and reflect? What ideas did you agree with? What ideas need further exploration?
Explore the resource links
Bring these resources back to your school and discuss with your administrators, teams, or PLCs. Host a formal or informal book study (Suggested Readings: Speech to Print, Language at the Speed of Sight, The Reading Comprehension Blueprint, Conquering Dyslexia).
Consider joining the FB Group The Science of Reading What I Should Have Learned in College or the Rhode Island PLN RISOR. Rhode Island educators are welcome to join our efforts to advance evidence-based reading, click the Meetings & Events tab for more information.
Why are people discussing the Science of Reading?
Scientifically-Based Reading Webinars
List of Webinars
A Conversation About Instructional Equity with Zaretta Hammond
Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers with Louisa Moats
On-Demand Webinar: Structured Literacy Instruction for English Learners
On-Demand Webinar: Casualties of War: Reading Science Denial and Racism’s Impact on African American Children
ODE: World Smarts Using Morphology Bases & Affixes to Develop Vocabulary Skills
FREE Recording of Emily Hanford Keynote: The Elephants in the Room: What I’ve learned from three years reporting on reading.
Dyslexia Webinars and Videos
Book Recommendations from the Reading League
The Reading League Recommended Book List
Brain Words: How the Science of Reading Informs Teaching – Find on Amazon
Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading: Preparing Teachers for a Changing World – Find on Amazon
Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It – Find on Amazon
Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Essentials of Psychological Assessment) – Find here
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain – Find on Amazon
The Reading Glitch: How the Culture Wars Have Hijacked Reading Instruction-And What We Can Do about It – Find on Amazon
Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read – Find on Amazon
Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print –Find on Amazon
The Science of Reading: A Handbook – Find on Amazon
Making Sense of Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Professionals – Find on Amazon
Learning to Read: The Great Debate by Chall Jeanne S. (1995-06-01) Hardcover – Find on Amazon
Overcoming Dyslexia (2020 Edition): Second Edition, Completely Revised and Updated – Find on Amazon
Teaching Students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, OWL LD, and Dyscalculia – Find on Amazon
Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, Third Edition – Find Here
Speech to Print Workbook: Language Exercises for Teachers Third Edition, New edition – Find Here
Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World – Find on Amazon
Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition – Find on Amazon
Language for Life, by Lyn Stone – Find Here
Reading for Life, by Lyn Stone – Find Here
Spelling for Life, by Lyn Stone – Find Here
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Professional Development Available for Districts
"NEW" The Reading League Recommended Books
AIM Institute for Learning & Research
The Five Components of Reading from The Colorado Department of Education
Florida Center for Reading Research
Independent Teacher Training Programs Accredited by IDA
Evidenced-Based Reading Instruction