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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
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
Wixson, Karen – International Literacy Association, 2017
Reading and writing are complex areas to assess. No single assessment can include all aspects of these complex processes. What's more, there are multiple purposes for literacy assessment, and no single assessment can serve all purposes. Together, these facts make it clear that literacy assessment is much more complicated than many realize. In…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Reading Skills, Writing Skills
Rowsell, Jennifer; Morrell, Ernest; Alvermann, Donna – International Literacy Association, 2017
The notion of digital literacies suggests a world where people have constant access to technologies, apps, videos, and social media that allow for exploration, knowledge work, and connections between people. But this assumption is simply not the reality for many, particularly students. Their reality is the gap between the haves and have-nots, the…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Disadvantaged, Technological Literacy, Affordances
Anderson, Jim; McTavish, Marianne; Kim, Ji Eun – International Literacy Association, 2017
According to the United Nations, nearly a quarter of a billion people now live outside their country of birth, and it is predicted that this number will increase dramatically over the next decade or so. This international movement of people means that, increasingly, teachers and educators work with immigrant and refugee children and families who…
Descriptors: Parent Role, Refugees, Immigrants, Emergent Literacy
Frey, Nancy – International Literacy Association, 2017
The metaphor of the mirror, the window, and the doorway embodies the principles of culturally sustaining and academically rigorous classrooms. Effective classrooms provide all students with a mirror in which they can see themselves. The books, topics, and issues they encounter foster insights into their own personal and cultural experiences.…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Academic Standards, Classroom Environment, Literacy
Echevarria, Jana; Goldenberg, Claude – International Literacy Association, 2017
Most second-language learners lack exposure to academic language and have few opportunities to use it; thus, the onus is on educators to create appropriate learning environments for these students. Oral language proficiency is critical for advancing second-language learners' academic success; vocabulary is a particularly critical aspect of oral…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Oral Language, Academic Language
Afflerbach, Peter – International Literacy Association, 2017
Standardized tests have a long history of being the go-to measure of student reading achievement, teacher accomplishment, and school accountability. Given this habit of history, it is predictable that a single standardized reading test score is often considered the indicator of student reading growth and achievement. Yet standardized reading tests…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Reading Achievement, Teacher Competencies, Accountability
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