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In the Classroom

Browse our library of evidence-based teaching strategies, learn more about using classroom texts, find out what whole-child literacy instruction looks like, and dive deeper into comprehension, content area literacy, writing, and social-emotional learning.

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Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.

Malala Yousafzei

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Choosing and using classroom texts

Learn about the various types and purposes of texts and genres that expose students to different kinds of reading materials. In addition, find tools to help you choose books that foster a love of reading and create a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure and learning.

Diving deeper into writing and literacy in the content areas

What does real student writing look like? See examples, plus guidance on instruction, types and purposes of writing, and how to make room for writing throughout the school day. You can also explore ways to integrate reading instruction with science and social studies to strengthen children’s background knowledge and their critical thinking muscles. 

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Setting up for effective instruction

What do children learn at each grade level about reading, spelling, and writing? See what a typical scope and sequence for teaching reading skills can look like, while allowing plenty of room to adapt for your own students and their needs. Explore the different ways you can group students for instruction: whole class, small groups, and one-on-one.        

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Bringing social-emotional learning in

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is fundamental to academic and “life” success. Explore how reading instruction and shared books can support SEL by encouraging collaboration, perspective-taking, empathy, understanding emotions, problem-solving, and more.  

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Improving your practice to support growing readers

Learn how to identify and support the needs of struggling learners using a multi-tiered system of supports. Find out how your school can use an MTSS framework to get the most out of assessments, instruction, and interventions — to support all learners.       

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