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Educational LeadershipFebruary 2020Rooted in ReadingVolume 77, No. 5
DescriptionDeveloping 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 WarBenjamin RileyResearch 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 ReadingJared MyracleWhy I decided our district needed to change course.
28 How I Learned to Teach ReadingJéri OgdenOne teacher’s journey to overcoming instructional confusion.
32 The Promise of Slow ReadingChristy Wessel-Powell, Beth A. Buchholz, Julie Rust, Nicholas E. Husbye, and Sarah Vander ZandenIn a culture of busyness, schools have a responsibility to cultivate intentionally present, immersive reading.
38 Making Reading Workshop WorkSonja Cherry-Paul, Colleen Cruz, and Mary EhrenworthWhen crafted with attention and insight, reading workshop can build students’ capacity and engagement as readers.
44 Radical Reset: The Case for Minimalist Literacy StandardsMike SchmokerPared down standards with an emphasis on lots of reading and writing are the cure to the Common Core.
52 For Reading Comprehension, Knowledge Is PowerKyle RedfordTo read critically, students need both literacy skills and content knowledge—so let’s deliver both simultaneously.
57 Freedom for LiteracyKimberly N. ParkerSchools 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-OldsTimothy ShanahanTo help students make strides as readers, educators need to reconsider how they schedule and focus instruction.
68 Leadership for LiteracyRachael GabrielThree questions school leaders should ask every day to optimize literacy instruction.
73 Conversations in the MarginsCallie Ryan BrimberryConversing within and about a text creates a powerful connection for students, especially when you have the right book.
77 Let Them Read, PleasePenny KittleWhat it takes to build a culture of reading in secondary schools.
9 Reader’s Guide/The Heart of Reading InstructionSarah McKibben
84 Research Matters/Cracking the Reading CodeBryan GoodwinThe science of reading instruction is clear. Let’s listen to the research.
86 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Using Language to LearnDouglas Fisher and Nancy Frey Transferable literacy skills can help students across content areas.
88 Leading together/Working Together, Reading TogetherJill Harrison BergWe must create a culture of professional reading among faculty.
90 Confronting Inequity/Fighting the Jeffersonian DismissalMatthew R. KayA founding father’s views on race challenge educators to respond.
92 One to Grow On/Invitations to ReadCarol Ann TomlinsonFor 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 FreyA 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 ChoiceChad C. Everett and Donalyn MillerEnsuring students have access to high-interest books—and support to read them—is an issue of equity.
For the Love of BooksCarol JagoHow to get teens to put down their phones and pick up a book.
Tell Us AboutEducators reflect on strategies they use to engage struggling readers.
Educational LeadershipNovember 2019A Culture of CoachingVolume 77, No. 3
Instructional coaching and leadership coaching have become key forms of educator professional development and growth. The November 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the dynamics of effective coaching and how schools can create the right conditions to support it.
Educational LeadershipDecember 2019/January 2020Building Bridges for ELLsVolume 77, Number 4
English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population group in the United States. Yet most teachers are not trained to work with these learners. The December 2019/January 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores strategies and school cultural shifts to improve instruction and opportunities for ELLs and make schools more intentionally supportive, enriching spaces for these students.
Educational LeadershipMarch 2020The Empowered StudentVolume 77, Number 6
How do educators create lessons and school environments that foster student agency and expression? The March 2020 issue of Educational Leadership on "The Empowered Student" will explore the strategies that best cultivate student innovation and creativity as opposed to passive learning.
April 2020Deeper DiscussionsVolume 77, No. 7
Get ready for some conversation! With oral communication skills increasingly seen as central to student growth and success, the April 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores the critical topic of “Deeper Discussions”—looking at ways educators can break free of passive-learning conventions and use classroom conversations to promote higher-order thinking, effective communication, social-emotional skills, and equity.
Educational LeadershipMay 2020Learning and the BrainVolume 77, Number 8
The May 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores the increasingly compelling connections between brain science and the classroom. With research in neuroscience shedding new light on how students learn best, the issue aims to help educators make the most of this information to promote whole child development—and determine how they can sort genuine scientific findings from myths and hearsay.