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Vocabulary Instruction that Works

The top recommendation from the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is that reading for understanding in the primary grades is best supported by building..

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Comprehension Instruction that Works

According to the research compiled in Put Reading First, text comprehension cannot wait until students have mastered “the basics” of reading ..

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A Supplemental Solution that Works

In order to help teachers successfully incorporate the kind of instruction shown to make a significant impact on vocabulary and comprehension..

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Why Supplement Your Core Reading Program

Educators often turn to their core reading program for assistance in meeting increased demands as they offer instruction for a wide array of literacy..

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The Beginner's Guide to Close Reading Strategies

Remember when reading fast meant reading well?

It was only a few years ago that fluency was considered the hallmark of a good reader. But today it..

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The 12 Days Before Winter Break (A Holiday Sing-Along)

The winter break is right around the corner. And that means your classroom is probably buzzing with excitement!

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What is Reciprocal Teaching?

Reciprocal teaching is a process developed by Palincsar & Brown (1984) where the role of “educator” is slowly passed from teacher to child, as students..

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Why We Turned 3 Common Literacy Challenges Into 'Super Villains'

Literacy is like a superpower. It allows students to fly through space or travel through time in any book they read. It allows students to create..

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What Does Guided Reading Look Like?

Guided reading is an approach to literacy instruction where students with similar reading capabilities are grouped together and given leveled texts..

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‘Reading Identity Theft’ Turns Discouraged Students Into Lifelong Readers

Turning discouraged students into lifelong lovers of reading can be a difficult task. Trying to get children to “steal” your passion for reading, and..

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Contributors

  • Brian Childs

    Brian Childs is a veteran and former teacher in the Greater Orlando area. He has experience teaching in every grade level from elementary to adult education. He is the creator of the parenting...

  • Lesley Fields

    On my last day of kindergarten, my teacher encouraged the class to come dressed as the person they wanted to be when they grew up. Amidst a sea of cheerleaders, ballerinas, cowboys, and a...

  • Carrie Contey, Ph.D.

    Carrie Contey, PhD is a internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy,...

  • Jill Eggleton

    Jill Eggleton is the author of the Key Links Literacy series. As an international educational consultant and teacher, Jill has 30 years of teaching and administration experience. She is...

  • Aimee Karr

    As a former elementary school teacher, Aimee knows the value of balance in the classroom. She uses her hands-on knowledge to create products with just the right balance of rigor and play — right...

  • Alison Schmerler

    A lifelong Letter People lover and experienced Kindergarten teacher (18 years in the classroom in fact!), I have called Abrams Learning Trends my professional home for the last 16 years....

  • Abrams Learning...

    As former educators, parents of school-age children, and former quirky kids ourselves, education is near and dear to our hearts. That’s why we have dedicated our work to supporting schools...

  • Erin King

    Like you, I wear many hats—proud mama, devoted wife, passionate teacher, life-long learner, sister, daughter, friend, colleague...and VP of Marketing for Abrams Learning Trends.

  • Gare Thompson

    Gare Thompson started his educational career as a kindergarten teacher. Over the course of his career, he has taught each grade level and has educated hundreds—maybe even thousands—of children in...

  • Aaron Mayers, CEO

    Similar to many of our stories, my personal interest in improving literacy was stoked by a mother who was an elementary school teacher, and a father who published one of the most successful...