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That’s hot! Or is it?

May 20, 2008

Phonics? Not hot.
Family literacy? Not hot.
Motivation? Not hot.

Adolescent Literacy? Hot.
Response to Intervention? Hot.

The International Reading Association (IRA) recently published the results
of its annual survey on the hottest topics in literacy instruction.

Twenty-five literacy leaders reviewed the prior year's survey results and rated each topic as "hot" or "not hot." Then they noted whether each topic "should be hot" or "should not be hot."

Now that we know what those literacy leaders think, I'd like to know what you think! Our readership is mostly teachers and parents. I wonder how the results will compare?

We constructed a Survey Monkey survey that is similar (but different) from the one IRA published. Will you weigh in? It should take just a few minutes. We'll publish the results sometime in June.


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