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95 Percent Group’s phonics ecosystem delivers consistent instruction across tiers

Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer, and Joni Maville, Director, Content Development, from 95 Percent Group, were joined by Renee Hall, Supervisor of K-5 Reading and Barbara Karsnitz, Second Grade Teacher with Wicomico County Public Schools in Maryland.

They discussed:

  • 95 Percent Group’s phonics ecosystem – a cohesive suite of products and professional learning services that is aligned with the science of reading.
  • Benefits for administrators, teachers, and students in working within an ecosystem that includes consistent instructional methodologies across tiers.
  • Results from a two-year research study at Wicomico demonstrating that students using the 95 Percent Group ecosystem made twice as much progress as those in the comparison group.
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Case Study: 95 Percent Group Phonics Ecosystem in Action

Here we take an in-depth look at the Wicomico School District in Maryland, whose leadership and literacy team worked together to transform their approach to reading instruction. They saw, in return, strong student improvement. One changemaker, Dr. Renee R. Hall, offers tips for other educators on advancing literacy in their school or district.

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Infographic: 95 Percent Group Phonics Product Ecosystem

Take a closer look at how our comprehensive suite of products and professional learning services work together across grade levels and tiers to improve instructional practices and student outcomes. Download this interactive resource and click on the embedded links to view product overviews, sample lessons, and additional information about the professional learning opportunities that form our phonics ecosystem.

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Research Study: 95 Percent Group Product Ecosystem

A two-year evaluation of a multi-product implementation of 95 Percent Group Products was conducted in the Wicomico, Maryland school district. Two similar schools were paired and compared during the 2020-2021 (remote) school year and the 2021-2022 (in-person) school year. During the two-year study, the effect size of the 95 Percent Group treatment group made two times more progress than that of the comparison group (0.64 vs. 0.31).

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Science of Reading Insights

After two decades of thought leadership in the science of reading and of working with educators to unlock the power of literacy for every child, here is what we’ve learned and how we believe literacy should move forward.

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Reading Matters: Insights from Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer

Following a career as a teacher, administrator, and professional with Rowland Reading Foundation, Highlights Education Group, and The Reading League, Laura Stewart joined 95 Percent Group as Chief Academic Officer. She’s on a mission, and it’s an important one. Stewart says that children today risk falling behind in school and life if they don’t learn to read proficiently by the end of third grade. Laura aims to help all children “flourish as literate citizens of the 21st century.” Read on as she shares her unique insights on building teacher knowledge to improve student outcomes.

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Get Students Reading at Grade Level

When it comes to literacy instruction, using an evidence-based curriculum and best practices matter. A few years ago, we often heard from educators that they were adapting 95 Percent Group’s intervention products for their Tier 1 instruction. Teachers are experts in making the most out of the resources they have. But 95 Percent Group listened to them and understood this as an important call to action. Read on to learn more.

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Sold a Story: Learning Brings Discovery

Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer and literacy expert, reflects on Emily Hanford’s podcast series, Sold a Story. Episode 4 focuses on Teachers College Columbia professor Lucy Calkins: u0022She’s one of the most influential people in American elementary education today. Her admirers call her books bibles. Why didn’t she know that scientific research contradicted reading strategies she promoted? It’s a good question.

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