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ERIC Number: ED523494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
The Importance of Educational Leadership and Policy: In Support of Effective Instruction
Wilson, Donna
Online Submission
This article discusses the impact of effective instruction on the reading ability of children in the early grades. The paper synthesizes major research on reading instruction and the readiness gap that exists between children entering school for the first time. The research points to the critical importance of equipping teachers with effective instructional strategies to teach students to read in the early grades so they are not left behind when the emphasis in education shifts from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." Policymakers must focus on developing and retaining teachers, and educational leaders at all levels must support effective teaching practice and create structures so that reading is possible for all students for whom they are accountable. In addition, teachers need to allocate adequate time for students to read text at their independent level and provide support as they continue to develop fluency and automaticity and improve their reading skills.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A