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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, 2014

Man, I hate to see so many frustrated teachers.

May 24, 2014

Last week I explained that it makes sense to organize instruction in ways that allots time to learning goals — rather than to instructional activities. It is not that teachers don’t need activities, just that activities don’t have a one-to-one relationship with instructional outcomes.

May 18, 2014

Twice this week I’ve been asked how to organize instructional time for literacy. Both inquiries noted my earlier objections to Daily 5 and CAFE. They were right I am not a big fan of those approaches.


"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald