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Shanahan on Literacy

Timothy Shanahan

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan shares best practices for teaching reading and writing. Dr. Shanahan is an internationally recognized professor of urban education and reading researcher who has extensive experience with children in inner-city schools and children with special needs. All posts are reprinted with permission from Shanahan on Literacy.

September 10, 2018

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August 27, 2018

Teacher question Please share your thinking as well as research referencing the occasional use of decodable texts for small group reading instruction in grades K-2.  Shanahan's response More >

August 20, 2018

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August 13, 2018

Teacher questions: Can you point us to any research regarding the practice of Book In a Bag — sending leveled readers home with students each night? What do you think of “Books on the Bus?” Shanahan's response: More >


"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables