In case you missed it, you can access an October 28th presentation by Dr. Margie B. Gillis on helping Kindergarten through 3rd grade students with reading. Dr. Gillis is the president of Literacy How, Inc. and research affiliate, Haskins Laboratories and Fairfield University. Gillis describes the evidence for what teachers need to know to teach reading—specifically, that it has to be systematic and deliberate. Regretfully, I cannot mark minutes from the webinar but highlights include:
- In K-3, the priority should be on promoting literacy and governance needs to be reflective on what grant efforts assist with this and what efforts do not.
- The brain is not wired to learn to read. A system has to be developed.
- The acquisition of the skills of reading and writing requires the interplay of several components (see image below).