Science of Reading
Literacy is a relatively recent human development, and the scientific study of how we read—and how to effectively teach reading—is even more recent. However, thanks to dedicated researchers, we do have a well-established body of evidence to guide current practices. The following resources give a broad foundation of knowledge for making informed choices and delving into exciting new research.
Eight-minute video from Education NC advocating for structured literacy instruction; based primarily on the work of Emily Hanford and Louisa Moats
Mark Seidenberg, author of Language at the Speed of Sight, outlines questions that the science of reading seeks to answer. Link also includes reliable recommendations, including books, audio documentaries, articles and websites.
Free on-demand 55-minute webinar created to explain the science of reading and reading instruction to educational administrators, but excellent for all audiences; jam-packed with clear, accessible information. Includes a 34-page handout of notes.
PDF infographic from EAB (formerly Education Advisory Board) illustrating areas of the brain and corresponding roles required for skilled reading
Simple, clear infographic showing five key concepts at the core of effective reading programs
Link to page explaining the classic infographic illustrating “the many strands that are woven into skilled reading”
Emily Hanford created a series of audio stories for American Public Media on the science of reading, which explores why ineffective reading instruction is still all too common and the impact on individuals, families, teachers, schools, districts and society. Excellent reporting in an engaging format. Each episode is about 50 minutes.
PDF article by Virginia Wise Berninger, professor and researcher in educational psychology. Reprinted from 2012 journal of National Association of Elementary School Principals.
PDF of 2012 Examiner article by Dr. Diana Hanbury King that outlines arguments for teaching cursive writing, along with practical advice for how to teach it.