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    • Research Roundup

    Research-Based Resources on Teaching Writing

    by Timothy Shanahan
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    April 2, 2014

    Timothy Shanahan recently wrote a blog entry titled “Ten Things Good Writers Do” for a group of Chicago high school students, at their request.

    • Research Roundup

    Multilingual Children: Beyond Myths and Toward Best Practices

    Mariela Paez by Mariela Páez
    Boston College
    March 26, 2014

    The Society for Research in Child Development Policy Report “Multilingual Children: Beyond Myths and Toward Best Practices” addresses important questions about multilingual learners in the United States.

    • Policy Monitor

    Ten States Adopt Next Generation Science Standards With CCSS Appendix

    Gina Cervetti by Gina Cervetti
    University of Michigan
    March 19, 2014

    The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K–12 Science Education serve as the basis for the development of the Standards are notable for their attention to the role of literacy in learning and practicing science.

    • Policy Monitor

    IRA Literacy Research Panel Comments on Michigan House Bill 5111

    Nell Duke Elizabeth Moje Annemarie Palincsar by Nell Duke, Elizabeth Moje, and Annemarie Palincsar
    University of Michigan
    February 26, 2014

    The IRA Literacy Research Panel comments on Michigan House Bill 5111 about state third-grade reading tests.

    • Scintillating Studies

    Enhancing Vocabulary and Comprehension for English Language Learners

    Ana Taboada Barber byAna Taboada Barber
    George Mason University
    Ferbuary 12, 2014

    Ana Taboada Barber shares useful vocabulary and comprehension lessons for ELLs from a study by Vaughn, Martinez, Linan-Thompson, Reutebuch et al.

    • Ask a Researcher

    What Does Research Say About African American and Latino Boys and Reading?

    Alfred W. Tatum by Alfred W. Tatum
    The University of Sydney
    January 29, 2014

    As a result of my analysis of several frames of research, I have settled on the premise that each literacy lesson for boys should have twin aims.
    • Ask a Researcher

    Research on Vocabulary Instruction and the Common Core

    by Tanya S. Wright
    Michigan State University
    January 22, 2014

    What does new research tell us about vocabulary instruction, especially at the K–2 level? Are there ways we should be re-envisioning vocabulary in light of the CCSS?
    • Research & Practice, Our Take

    Grammar and Comprehension: Scaffolding Student Interpretation of Complex Sentences

    Timothy Shanahan by Timothy Shanahan
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    January 15, 2014

    I recently received this question from a fourth grade special education teacher in New York City: “I was wondering what your opinion/research shows as far as the relationship between grammar instruction and reading comprehension. Do you have any preference as far as grammar programs/teaching methodologies go?”

    • Policy Monitor

    NGA Report on Early Childhood

    Richard Long by Richard Long
    International Reading Association
    October 31, 2013

    The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices issued a paper: A Governor’s Guide to Early Literacy: Getting All Students Reading by Third Grade. The report observes that those students who are not reading at grade level by the third are at risk of failure. They cite that only one third of all students enter the fourth grade with the literacy skills needed to succeed.
    • Scintillating Studies

    Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading

    Kelly N. Tracyby Kelly N. Tracy
    Western Carolina University
    October 21, 2013

    As educators try to determine how to improve student learning and include more writing within the same time limits, it is important to revisit Steve Graham and Michael Hebert’s (2010) Writing to Read, which gives strong evidence that writing, an essential skill itself, also improves reading comprehension.