Here’s how educators can use evidence-based best practices for literacy lessons, no matter where students are

4 keys to teaching the science of reading in a virtual setting

Here's how educators can use evidence-based best practices for literacy lessons--the science of reading--no matter where students are

More and more educators are being trained in the science of reading. Backed by a body of research amassed over five decades from disciplines including linguistics, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience, the science of reading has provided some baseline guidance for teaching all students.

Of course, as is always the case in education, the implementation of evidence-based best practices is not always simple—and the school closures caused by COVID-19 have added a new complication.

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With the 2020-2021 academic year upon us, educators are facing different logistical issues, but they’re all facing a similar challenge regarding distance learning. No matter how your district is handling back to school 2020, major adjustments will be required in every aspect of the learning process. To help ease educators’ strain, here are a few ways to apply the science of reading, no matter what the setting.

Providing a reliable connection

From an equity standpoint, making sure every student has access to video or the internet to use a phonics-based, science of reading-approved reading program is essential. Of course, students could take advantage of their school’s internet, but now many schools are offering hotspots to students who don’t have internet access at home. Schools are getting inventive about how to build equity in a way we have never seen before. Coming up with a plan B to support all students from all backgrounds is going to be vital to the success of a student’s virtual learning experience.

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