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Explore reading basics as well as the key role of background knowledge and motivation in becoming a lifelong reader and learner. Watch our PBS Launching Young Readers series and try our self-paced Reading 101 course to deepen your understanding.
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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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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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Meet your favorite book creators, launch an author study, browse our themed booklists, get tips on how to choose and use kids’ books, find guidance on building a more diverse bookshelf, celebrate annual literacy events with us, and more!
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Discover how to support your child’s growth as a young reader and writer — with our Reading 101 for Families guide, bilingual parent tips, ideas for building your child’s knowledge of the world, Q&A with experts, and guidance on connecting with your child’s school.
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In this multimedia presentation, teacher and literacy coach Margaret Goldberg gives a concise and clear explanation of the science of reading and how it makes sense in her teaching practice.
Reading is not hard-wired in the brain. Learn more about the neural pathways involved that must be developed through effective instruction.
The close and credits of Reading and the Brain.
Dr. Victoria Molfese and Dr. Dennis Molfese study speech perception in day-old babies.
Reading and the Brain explores how brain scientists are working to solve the puzzle of why some children struggle to read and others don’t.
To find out if Jenna’s reading problems may be related to the way her brain processes sound, Dr. Kraus is using some well-known technology in a new way.
The brain of a child with reading problems handles reading differently than the brain of a strong reader.
Dr. Papanicolaou shows how eight-year-old Peter Oathout’s difficulties with reading are rooted in his brain.
Dr. Guinevere Eden discusses the research implications of using brain imaging to predict responsiveness to an intervention.