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Improving Literacy Briefs

Reading skills provide the foundation for academic success. From the beginning of school, students should be taught different ways of using language to help them learn and communicate about academic content. This brief discusses two areas of literacy development that students must learn so that they can do well in school: foundational reading skills and academic language.

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English Language Learners with Learning Disabilities Webcast

Reading Rockets

Watch a webcast, featuring bilingual speech language pathologist Dr. CÌÁrdenas-Hagan, that discusses effective assessment and instruction strategies for English language learners with learning disabilities, as well as ways to help encourage the active involvement of parents of ELLs with LD in their children's schools.


Foundational Skills Mini-Course Module 2: Phonological Awareness (video)

Achieve the Core

Watch this video on phonological awareness that includes teaching tips and connections to the Common Core State Standards.


Case Studies of Fluency and Word Indentification

The IRIS Center

Read about some realistic fluency instruction scenarios and get some tips for how to deal with them.


PALS: A Reading Strategy for K-1

The IRIS Center

Use this module to learn how to use PALS in your kindergarten or first grade classroom.


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State of Dyslexia

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