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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.

February 21, 2023

The literacy field has long been beleaguered by generic terms that no one seems to understand — or more exactly, of which nobody agrees on the definitions.

February 6, 2023

Recently, I posted commentary on Emily Hanford’s reporting and the critical response it received from some in the literacy community.

January 16, 2023

Teacher question: I’m interested in whether personal grief trauma and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) affect reading comprehension or learning to read. Over the years, I have had students who have lost parents or siblings, and some who are witnesses to (or victims of violence).

January 9, 2023

Teacher question: Our school district is all abuzz about “Sold a Story,” a documentary about reading instruction, and the response it is getting from some reading experts. We’ve been surprised that you haven’t written about this. We’re sure you have an opinion. Would you be willing to share it? Shanahan’s response:

November 16, 2022

Teacher question: Can you provide clarification on how to promote shared reading in the structured literacy era and how that differs from shared reading in the balanced literacy era.

November 7, 2022

Teacher question: One of my colleagues told us that we should not be teaching guided reading lessons or comprehension skills or strategies. We’re using a core reading program that includes those kinds of things.


"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo