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Rooted in Reading
Volume 77, No. 5
Developing strong, enthusiastic readers is one of the central objectives of schools, and yet reading instruction is often beset by complex structural challenges, shifting resources, and competing priorities. The February 2020 issue of Educational Leadership is "Rooted in Reading," as we dig deep into the nuances of effective reading instruction and uncover the best strategies to support student engagement in reading at all levels.
16 Drawing on Reading Science Without Starting a War
Research has revealed key truths about how children learn to read. Can we apply these findings in classrooms without reigniting the “Reading Wars”?
24 A District Leader’s Education in Early Reading
Why I decided our district needed to change course.
28 How I Learned to Teach Reading
One teacher’s journey to overcoming instructional confusion.
32 The Promise of Slow Reading
Christy Wessel-Powell, Beth A. Buchholz, Julie Rust, Nicholas E. Husbye, and Sarah Vander Zanden
In a culture of busyness, schools have a responsibility to cultivate intentionally present, immersive reading.
38 Making Reading Workshop Work
Sonja Cherry-Paul, Colleen Cruz, and Mary Ehrenworth
When crafted with attention and insight, reading workshop can build students’ capacity and engagement as readers.
44 Radical Reset: The Case for Minimalist Literacy Standards
Pared down standards with an emphasis on lots of reading and writing are the cure to the Common Core.
52 For Reading Comprehension, Knowledge Is Power
To read critically, students need both literacy skills and content knowledge—so let’s deliver both simultaneously.
57 Freedom for Literacy
Kimberly N. Parker
Schools need to give black students opportunities to cultivate their own strong reading identities.
62 Planning Effective Reading Instruction When You’re Up to Your Neck in 6-Year-Olds
To help students make strides as readers, educators need to reconsider how they schedule and focus instruction.
68 Leadership for Literacy
Three questions school leaders should ask every day to optimize literacy instruction.
73 Conversations in the Margins
Callie Ryan Brimberry
Conversing within and about a text creates a powerful connection for students, especially when you have the right book.
77 Let Them Read, Please
What it takes to build a culture of reading in secondary schools.
9 Reader’s Guide/The Heart of Reading Instruction
84 Research Matters/Cracking the Reading Code
The science of reading instruction is clear. Let’s listen to the research.
86 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Using Language to Learn
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Transferable literacy skills can help students across content areas.
88 Leading together/Working Together, Reading Together
Jill Harrison Berg
We must create a culture of professional reading among faculty.
90 Confronting Inequity/Fighting the Jeffersonian Dismissal
Matthew R. Kay
A founding father’s views on race challenge educators to respond.
92 One to Grow On/Invitations to Read
Carol Ann Tomlinson
For reading, especially, one-size-fits-all fits no one.
6 Readers React
82 Educational Leadership Themes for 2020–2021
93 Index to Advertisers
94 Whole Child Spotlight: On Reading
95 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways/Reading Roars
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The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading Comprehension
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
A three-pronged framework can help students not only learn the meaning of texts, but also gain motivation and purpose from them.
Engaging Middle School Readers with Access and Choice
Chad C. Everett and Donalyn Miller
Ensuring students have access to high-interest books—and support to read them—is an issue of equity.
For the Love of Books
How to get teens to put down their phones and pick up a book.
Tell Us About
Educators reflect on strategies they use to engage struggling readers.