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The Road to Reading

Low Test Scores & Low Income Linked; Staff Seek to Help

At Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, the Kent County district with the lowest family income, the correlation between M-STEP scores and poverty is stark. More than...

‘Reading with a Purpose’ Helps Students Learn

Rebecca Ophoff’s 25 fourth-graders are following along an article at their desks as she asks them what kind of writing it is. “What makes it...

Turn, Talk and Listen

Kindergartner Vincent Reatini looked up from his book, “Froggy Builds a Tree House,” which he couldn’t read much of yet. But asked for his...

Boosting Student Reading Takes Center Stage

While it isn't clear if nationally renowned researcher Richard Allington was excited to see staff from the school district where he started his career,...

Laser Focus on Reading Produces Good Results

At Grandville's East Elementary School, their double-digits gains in the M-STEP third- and fourth-grade reading scores was driven home by Principal Ana Aleman-Putman's determination...

Tips to Parents: How to Help Your Child’s Reading

Plenty of books in the house. Nightly story time. Exposure to words, words and more words. Those are three components that help a child develop...

Schools Gear Up to Prepare for Third-Grade Reading Law

During a recent Literacy Night at Oriole Park Elementary School, teachers dressed like superheroes, activating their powers to help parents best support their children’s...

High-Achieving Reading: How One School Does It

Brown Elementary School fourth-grader Layla Funk looked up from the book she was reading to consider the question: “How has your school helped you...

Revving Up Reading, Writing with Workshops

A renaissance of reading and writing is going on at West Middle School, where teachers say students are indulging in books they love more...

Better Teaching for Better Readers

Before beginning a lesson on weather and climate at Kraft Meadows Middle School, Anita Archer took a moment to talk to each of the...

Calling All Senses: Help Me Read!

In a small room within the teacher's lounge, Southeast Elementary School fourth-grader Aubrianna Vernon focused on the consonant blend, "spr." With her index finger,...

Rx for Better Readers: the Doctor is IN

Parkview Elementary first-grader Marquis Morgan grabbed a book from a bin containing those written at his reading level. He began paging through "There Was...

Teens See Their Lives Mirrored in Reading List

When students say reading doesn't interest them, Godwin Heights High School English teacher Jessica Molloy steps up to her new book collection. She makes...

Bus Driver Turns Daily Ride into Reading Time

When Jenna Rykse saw pictures of students reading on a bus during a Reading Now Network conference, the Sparta Area Schools Reading Specialist knew...

Kinetic Combo: Students Find Reading Cadence

Clark VanDop was engrossed in a book about poisonous animals called “That’s Deadly.” But while his brain was soaking up information about creepy critters,...

Closing the Word Gap

When a home visitor from school told Jessie Kent that she could read books to her son Michael, she had her doubts. How could...
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