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International Literacy Association, 2019
Children growing up in Western English-speaking countries are shaped by the presence of digital and interactive multimedia, often presented via technologies such as tablets and smartphones (i.e., touchscreens). Digital technologies are pervasive in homes, schools, and communities, yet beliefs about and recommendations for how they are used in…
Descriptors: Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Faddis, Toni – International Literacy Association, 2019
Educators understand that an academic divide endures between groups of students, and schools often perpetuate inequities that result in unequal lives. There are effective strategies that any principal, in any setting, might consider implementing as a means to overcome the challenges faced by educators who aim to improve student learning in their…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Equal Education, Educational Practices
Adoniou, Misty – International Literacy Association, 2019
Good spelling is a result of good teaching. And good teaching requires a full understanding of what spelling is--not the rote learning of strings of letters, but a sociolinguistic construction, each word a wonderful tapestry of meaning and history. The teaching of all the linguistic threads that weave through words is key to equity of outcomes in…
Descriptors: Spelling, Teaching Methods, Evaluation Methods, Phonological Awareness
International Literacy Association, 2019
The International Literacy Association maintains that effective engagement is the critical component of literacy instruction for adolescents. To effectively engage adolescent students means offering them the opportunity to use literacy in meaningful ways, interact with a variety of texts, participate in assessment for and as learning, and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Adolescents, Literacy Education, Reading Material Selection
Wicht, Sarah – International Literacy Association, 2019
Literacy and access to quality literacy instruction and resources is an issue of equity and an issue of social justice. Being literate represents the difference between inclusion in and exclusion from society. Examining how literacy experiences are being provided to children is critical to fulfilling this basic human right. This guide--written…
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Reading, Advocacy, Access to Education
McVeigh, Fran – International Literacy Association, 2019
A common, long-held belief of teachers and parents is that "the more you read, the better you read." Because many students either did not choose to read at home or did not have books at home, schools began to provide independent reading time in the classroom. As the years progressed, more and more requirements were added into English…
Descriptors: Independent Reading, Vocabulary Development, Prior Learning, Language Arts
Blevins, Wiley – International Literacy Association, 2019
There are 26 letters in the English language. These letters, in various combinations, represent the 44 sounds in the language. Teaching students the basic letter-sound combinations gives them access to sounding out approximately 84% of the words in English print. There needs to be equal amounts of time need to be spent on teaching the meanings of…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Literacy Education, Phonics, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence
Collier, Virginia P.; Thomas, Wayne P. – International Literacy Association, 2019
Educators in the United States have worked for decades to create school environments where exciting learning takes place, with students deeply engaged as they expand their ways to explore new knowledge. Although some schools provide cutting-edge opportunities for middle-class students, the challenges continue for underserved students who start…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Bilingual Education, English Language Learners, Native Speakers
International Literacy Association, 2018
According to the latest data from UNESCO, there remain 750 million people around the world who cannot read and write. Two thirds of them are female. In 2018, the ILA Board of Directors convened a task force charged with developing a worldwide campaign around children's rights to read--and what needs to be done to ensure these fundamental rights.…
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Reading, Civil Rights, Access to Education
Zapata, Angie; Kleekamp, Monica; King, Christina – International Literacy Association, 2018
Literature for children and youth has long played a pivotal role in growing students' literacy lives in schools. Fine literature, whether self-selected by students as choice reading or paired with teachers' thoughtful instruction, can launch students into personally meaningful and intellectually stimulating opportunities to read, respond,…
Descriptors: Literature Appreciation, Social Justice, Literacy Education, Childrens Literature
Garcia, Antero – International Literacy Association, 2018
Educators, parents and families, administrators, policymakers, and even students cannot look to individual tools to improve digital literacy practices. The common refrain "there's an app for that" simply doesn't cut it when we are talking about meaningful learning in today's digital age. In fact, efforts to invest heavily in single…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Technological Literacy, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes
Sailors, Misty; Hoffman, James V. – International Literacy Association, 2018
Literacy coaching has become a mainstay in schools around the world. Its growing presence as a means of supporting teachers and promoting literacy achievement has been recognized by teacher educators, school personnel, policymakers, professional organizations, funding agencies, and educational researchers. Most teachers welcome what they learn…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Coaching (Performance), Teacher Attitudes, Guidance
Neuman, Susan B. – International Literacy Association, 2018
The early years are times of wonder for children. Curious about everything, they seek to explore and understand their world. During these early years, they attempt to interpret their world and make meaning through pretend play, drawing, and conversations with those closest to them. Although these first steps toward literacy may not look much like…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Preschool Children, Literacy Education, Emergent Literacy
Hoffman, James V.; DeJulio, Sam; Lammert, Catherine – International Literacy Association, 2018
Not all literacy teacher preparation programs are directed toward the same goals. Some programs assume that literacy teacher educators should prepare new teachers to fit into the norms and expectations for literacy teaching in schools as they exist today. Other programs assume that the responsibility of teacher educators is to prepare teachers to…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Competencies, Transformative Learning
Wixson, Karen K.; Raphael, Taffy E.; Au, Kathryn H. – International Literacy Association, 2018
With the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) results, concerns that reading scores of U.S. students have remained flat for the past decade have surfaced again along with suggestions about the source of this problem and how it might be remedied. The…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Reading Tests, Achievement Tests, Grade 4
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