Research into Practice: Building Background Knowledge to Support Reading Comprehension

This year, a national conversation about how we teach reading has led to numerous discussions about important research. Jared, Robin, and Brian wrote about it in an Education Week editorial, We Have a National Reading Crisis. One of its "essential insights" is the role of content knowledge in reading success: "Students’ background knowledge is essential … Continue reading Research into Practice: Building Background Knowledge to Support Reading Comprehension

Literacy Is the Innovation Opportunity of 2019

The most exciting and actionable innovation opportunity before us is the potential to improve reading instruction at scale. That’s the conversation we need to be having in every district office. Right now, you may be hearing more about reading concerns. And honestly, those issues are very real. I was proud to co-author a recent Education … Continue reading Literacy Is the Innovation Opportunity of 2019

Mission Field: My Curriculum Journey

I’m incredibly inspired by this moment. Right now, I’m seeing a growing interest in reading instruction, and judging from the chatter in social media, it seems like districts across the country are beginning to have the conversation that we have been having in my district: How to we improve our reading and math instruction system-wide, … Continue reading Mission Field: My Curriculum Journey