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Leslie Mata
Naval Academy, Primary School
Dyslexia and Structured Literacy: Why I Fell in Love with Phonemic Awareness
October 15, 2020

The Structured Literacy approach has been found to be particularly effective with learners with dyslexia because it focuses on decoding skills, which are critical components of finding success in reading. By emphasizing spelling patterns (instead of specific words), I can lead my students toward using decoding as a strategy, rather than them trying to memorize words by their appearance. It’s true—“Memorization is Not Understanding.”

  • Dyslexia
  • Literacy
  • Structured Literacy
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Leslie Mata
Naval Academy, Primary School
Dyslexia: Overcoming the Challenges of Teaching Reading
October 8, 2020

Teaching reading in any classroom requires a complex set of skills and knowledge. A guided reading program is often used and a teacher must have a highly organized system of meeting with small groups, providing direct instruction when possible, and assessing and engaging in error correction. At the same time must also be working on comprehension skills while keeping students engaged and excited about reading and one can easily agree that while teachers do one of the hardest jobs on Earth, they are often lacking adequate training in how to effectively teach reading.

  • Dyslexia
  • Reading Intervention
Dr. Melissa Orkin
Dr. Melissa Orkin
Developmental Psychologist and Director of Crafting Minds
The RAVE-O Approach: Building Fluency Among Students with Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) Weaknesses
October 1, 2020

This blog was written to unpack the development of fluency, particularly among struggling readers and those with Rapid Automatized Naming weaknesses. I will highlight recent research that implies fluency results when students simultaneously activate multiple aspects of word knowledge. That means as fluent students encounter words, they initially retrieve information about letters and corresponding sounds, but nearly instantaneously also activate additional aspects of word knowledge like vocabulary, parts of speech, grammar, and morphological information.

  • Fluency
  • Rapid Automatized Naming
  • Reading Instruction
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The Reading, Writing, and Math Intervention Specialist
2020 Alabama Aspiring Teacher Scholarship Winner Wants to Change Lives
September 17, 2020

The 2020 Aspiring Teacher Scholarship was sponsored by LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), Voyager Sopris Learning’s landmark professional learning series on the science of reading. Alabama uses LETRS as a key part of its statewide literacy initiative to teach educators the science of reading and give them the skills to teach language and literacy to every student, even those with reading challenges like dyslexia.

Julie Klingerman
Dr. Julie Klingerman
National LETRS Trainer
Completing the Puzzle of Assessment: Rapid Automatized Naming and Its Implications for Instruction
August 12, 2020

Assessment can sometimes feel like that pile of puzzle pieces—which ones fit together? How do data fit together to create a comprehensive picture of a school, classroom, or individual student? Much is now known regarding which skills are highly predictive of later reading outcomes, and several excellent tools are available for this purpose. In kindergarten and first grade, timed tasks including letter naming, basic phonemic awareness, and rapid automatized naming (RAN) provide insight into who is at risk and to a certain extent; why.

  • Assessment
  • Literacy
  • RAN
  • Rapid Automatized Naming
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Jessica Kent
Teacher, Local LETRS Trainer
Remote Learning and the Science of Reading
August 6, 2020

The science of reading ... has allowed me to transition from a traditional classroom teacher to a virtual classroom teacher. Anyone can open a reading program and read the scripted text, but what happens when you do not have that reading program? LETRS provides you with the why (science) and the how (science) to teach reading, no program needed. LETRS teaches the science of reading which can be applied to any student, while being based on their individual level.

  • Literacy
  • Professional Development
  • Remote Learning