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Structured literacy

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Preventing summer learning loss: Strategies for teachers and parents

Summer presents challenges and opportunities for literacy learning for students of all ages. In this blog post, we examine the research over several decades on summer learning loss to find where there is consensus. We offer several strategies for educators and parents to leverage the opportunities for learning that summer presents. We encourage teachers to adopt a year-round prevention mindset, and common language and routines across grades and tiers. And we look at success stories from three school districts that have implemented structured literacy and seen students sustain learning through the summer and into the next school year. We offer both teachers and parents a range of resources from webinars to books to help them sustain and grow their own learning.

There is one result that replicates consistently across every test that I’ve ever looked at. It’s so obvious that it’s easy to overlook, but it’s still important: nearly all children, no matter how advantaged, learn much more slowly during summer vacations than they do during the school years.

Paul T. von Hippel Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas

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The power of decodables in learning to read

Decodable books are texts written for children that consist primarily of words they can read correctly using the grapheme-phoneme correspondences that they have learned (with the exception of a few unavoidable irregular words).

Anne Castles, Kathleen Rastle, and Kate Nation Ending the Reading Wars: Reading Acquisition From Novice to Expert

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Phonological vs. phonemic awareness

Ideally, young children would come to preschool and kindergarten already engaged in word play with poems, songs, syllable games, rhyming games, etc. Literacy instructors would continue that word play while also building their phoneme awareness and letter recognition.

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Laura Stewart Chief Academic Officer, 95 Percent Group

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Spotlight North Carolina: Phonics instruction takes root

I’ve worked with a lot of vendors over the years. Hands down, the best customer service we’ve received. We send a text or an email asking a question, and within 24 hours we have always gotten help. That doesn’t happen with other vendors. 95 Percent Group comes in, watches our teachers, and offers feedback or helps teach lessons. It’s not just part of the marketing, they actually do what they say they will do.

Lutashia Dove, EdD Director of elementary programs and pre-K, Edgecombe County Public Schools

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Phonics instruction is far from dull and dreary. Children love to learn about words and their hidden properties and patterns.

Laura Stewart

Chief Academic Officer

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of early elementary teachers still encourage students to use pictures or context clues to identify unfamiliar words.

One of the most effective tools that we’re using in Fulton County Schools is 95 Phonics Core Reading Program. That has been a game changer for our students and for our teachers.  Honestly, if I tried to remove that program from our teachers’ hands these days, they would fight me. And when I go into classrooms, I see students learning at levels that they haven’t learned in previous years. It’s truly been transformational.

Mike Looney, PhD

Superintendent, Fulton County Schools

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