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Opinion: It’s time for Colorado’s teachers to “know better” about the science of reading

Early in my teaching career, like many other educators, I used a balanced-literacy approach and believed that using the “three-cueing” theory of reading instruction was sufficient for teaching my primary grade students how to read. (As the journal EducationWeek recently defined it, three-cueing is a strategy that “involves prompting students to draw on context and […]

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Colorado may shift to a more in-depth reading exam for some new teachers

Some prospective Colorado teachers soon could be required to take a new, more rigorous test on reading instruction to earn their state teaching licenses. The State Board of Education will decide Wednesday whether to adopt the new exam, called the Praxis 5205, for elementary, early childhood, and special education candidates seeking teaching licenses. If approved, […]

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Finding out how Colorado schools teach reading can be a wild goose chase. This bill could make it easier.

A Colorado bill designed to make it easier for parents to find out how schools teach reading and spend funds earmarked for struggling readers has cleared another legislative hurdle and appears likely to become law. The bill would require the state education department to publicly post certain pieces of reading-related information and, in turn, require schools to […]

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Jeffco to adopt new reading curriculum, push more uniform approach

It’s almost budget season and for many Colorado school districts out of compliance with state rules on reading, that means it’s time to talk about purchasing new curriculum. That’s what happened Thursday in Colorado’s second-largest school district, the 80,000-student Jeffco Public Schools. District leaders presented three options to replace the current mish-mash of programs used […]

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Colorado joins multistate effort to improve how teacher prep programs cover reading

Colorado is one of six states selected for a yearlong effort focused on strengthening how the state’s teacher preparation programs train future educators to teach reading. The project is the latest in a series of steps by state education officials meant to get more Colorado children reading at grade level after years of stagnant scores. […]

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When even books are “quarantined,” reading progress in Colorado’s early grades is challenging

In the same way that many teachers and students had to quarantine this fall following possible exposure to COVID-19, so did books in Colorado school libraries. At Stevens Elementary School in Wheat Ridge, teachers would temporarily set aside a book after a student paged through it, said first grade teacher Emily Cowles. Cowles hid her […]

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After flood of concerns, Colorado Board of Education poised to relax deadline for teacher training on reading

The Colorado State Board of Education appears poised to allow early elementary teachers a six-month extension to satisfy a new requirement for training on reading instruction. During a meeting Wednesday, most board members said they support giving teachers more time to take the training given the pressure they’re under because of the coronavirus pandemic. The […]

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Many Jeffco schools use discredited curriculum to teach students how to read

One-third of schools in Colorado’s second-largest district use a reading program the state has rejected and researchers have panned for promoting strategies that run counter to science. Another 20% of schools in the 84,000-student Jeffco district rely exclusively on a district-created core reading curriculum that some educators and school board members say is hard to […]

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What do Jeffco schools use to teach reading? District leaders don’t know, and neither does the public.

By Ann Schimke, Chalkbeat Colorado Parents have asked. Community groups have asked. Media outlets have asked. For two years, none have gotten a clear answer about the primary curriculums Jeffco’s 90 elementary and K-8 schools use to teach children how to read. District leaders told Chalkbeat that each school has the autonomy to select its […]

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Coronavirus reading regression? It led me back to self-isolating Salinger — and Holden Caulfield.

There’s been much written about coronavirus-related dreams and depression, but less about coronavirus reading regression, as I recently experienced.  First, I learned at the end of last year that Mr. Bradley, my high school English teacher, had passed away. Then the virus hit, and a national news story appeared to make the case that J.D. […]