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A Multicomponent Approach

I am a nerd, and I skim through a fair number of research papers, both to keep current for my professional role, and because I just like learning about literacy and language. While I use Zotero to organize some of what I come across, I tend to read through papers on my phone on buses/trains…

Why assessing bilingual children in two languages is just a start

Gaining a clear picture of a student’s language and literacy abilities in both English and their home language is critically important in two scenarios: Gaining information in both languages for bilingual students in these situations can portray a completely different spectrum of profiles than when assessing in English only. Two Different Home Language and Literacy…

The Open-Source Imperative for K-12 Curriculum

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat as part of a First Person series I wrote on curriculum 10 years ago (!). Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters Here are links to all the posts in the series, in case you are interested: Dec 19, 2011, 11:23am EST In my last post on the…

What is the problem with “sight words”?

My son just entered kindergarten in our local NYC public school. We received a folder from his teacher with two sets of materials: an overview of the Fundations phonics program (good!), and a list of sight words that he would be expected to memorize each week (um). This is how the sight word overview began:…

It Takes More Than a Team

After the recent mass murders by disturbed teenagers with all-too readily available assault weapons, it’s hard to see a way forward given the dysfunction of our political system (though there is some bipartisan movement on federal legislation as of this writing). Short of federal gun regulation, there are other areas we can influence that could…

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