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How Long Should Students Work With Decodable Text?

Decodable texts are an essential part of practice for early readers, says Dr. Louisa Moats, author of the LETRS professional development program for teachers. But students shouldn’t use them for too long. She discusses the importance of reinforcing sound-letter correspondences with decodables and how to know when it’s time to move on.

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Louisa Moats


Louisa Moats

Dr. Louisa Moats is a nationally recognized authority on how children learn to read and why some struggle to learn. Widely acclaimed as a researcher, speaker, consultant, and trainer, Moats has developed the landmark professional development program LETRS for teachers and reading specialists.