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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.

March 13, 2019

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February 19, 2019

Teacher question Prevention of dyslexia and other reading problems should be everyone’s number one priority. Why isn’t their more emphasis on the early identification of reading problems, before they have a chance to ruin children’s lives? Shanahan's response More >

January 30, 2019

Teacher question: If you were teaching second-grade what would your schedule look like? Shanahan's response: This question — in various forms — came up a lot this week in response to last week’s posting. Here is my thinking on this. More >

January 22, 2019

Teacher question The National Assessment of Educational Progress says that only 37% of 4th graders are reaching reading proficiency. Why is it so low? Shanahan's response Why do so few American kids read well? More >


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