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Helping All Readers

Many children need extra support to become skilled readers. Learn more about why some kids struggle, what effective interventions look like, how to create inclusive classrooms so every child can thrive, and much more.

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Never give up on a child who is struggling to read. With the right help, they can overcome any obstacle.

Dr. Timothy Shanahan, reading expert

Reading Rockets is made possible with generous support from the National Education Association.

Helping kids who struggle

You may have children in your life who aren’t as successful with reading as they could be. Learn the reasons why, plus practical suggestions on how to support a child’s reading development and self-esteem. Parents will find guidance on advocating for their children, getting help, evaluations, and more. 

Looking at screening and intervention

Get the basics on informal and formal assessments — powerful tools that allow you to measure your students’ progress and plan targeted instruction and intervention. Watch reading expert Linda Farrell help kids make big strides in their reading through one-on-one interventions. And you’ll learn how school SLPs work with children on speech sounds, spoken language, and social communication.

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Nurturing the strengths of all students

How can we make classrooms welcoming, supportive environments that boost reading achievement for all kinds of learners? Explore what effective literacy instruction looks like for our English language learners — and how to connect meaningfully with families. You’ll also find best-practice ideas on setting up inclusive classrooms, plus tips on providing whole-child literacy instruction for neurodiverse learners and deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

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Voices of experts

Learn from expert voices in the field about how to bring new research into your classroom. Watch our video interviews and webcasts with experts in foundational reading, writing, comprehension, neurodiversity, summer reading, children’s books, and more. You can also explore our Q&As on a wide range of literacy topics. 

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